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Aug 10, 2006
This week's theme
Words related to forecasting and divination

This week's words
arithmancy
bibliomancy
necromancy
clairvoyance
haruspicy

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clairvoyance

(klar-VOI-uhns) Pronunciation Sound Clip RealAudio

noun:
1. The power of seeing things removed in time or space.
2. Intuitive insight into things.

From French clairvoyance, from clair (clear) + voyant (seeing), present participle of voir (to see).

"South Africa's national lottery is claiming an unlikely victim: vultures. Local people -- convinced these birds' superb eyesight gives them the gift to see the future -- are eating vulture meat to acquire the power of clairvoyance."
Robin McKie; Vulture Numbers Are Cut to the Bone; The Observer (London, UK); Jul 16, 2006.

See more usage examples of clairvoyance in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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