Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The power of discerning what is not visible to the physical eye, or of foreseeing future events, esp. such as are of a disastrous kind; the capacity of a seer; prophetic vision.

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  • n. apparent power to perceive things that are not present to the senses

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Examples

  • After the Egyptian and Indian, the Greek and Roman, the Teuton and Mongolian, the Negro is a sort of seventh son, born with a veil, and gifted with second-sight in this American world, -- a world which yields him no true self-consciousness, but only lets him see himself through the revelation of the other world.

    sunday culture.

  • And here again the mirror darkens; we seem to witness ourselves in a second-sight procession.

    David Bromwich: The Mirror of 1776

  • Stone is a whiz at getting to the bottom of his defending-lawyer's cases but only because the brain aneurysm he suffers -- and to which he could succumb at any moment -- affords him discombobulating second-sight.

    David Finkle: What's Television Telling Us About American Men in Deep-uh-?

  • After the Egyptian and Indian, the Greek and Roman, the Teuton and Mongolian, the Negro is a sort of seventh son, born with a veil, and gifted with second-sight in this American world, –a world which yields him no true self-consciousness, but only lets him see himself through the revelation of the other world.

    W. E. B. Du Bois, Carol Swain, and African-American Duality

  • After the Egyptian and Indian, the Greek and Roman, the Teuton and Mongolian, the Negro is a sort of seventh son, born with a veil, and gifted with second-sight in this American world, — a world which yields him no self-consciousness, but only lets him see himself through the revelation of the other world.

    Civil Rights & Black Identity

  • With the gift of second-sight which accompanies genius, he began to suspect that the chilly note was but a warning of the catastrophe to come.

    A Distinguished Provincial at Paris

  • By the help of his judicial second-sight he could pierce the double casing of lies in which advocates hide the heart of a trial.

    The Commission in Lunacy

  • Even the stock market guru's have a kind of second-sight that makes them winners and the Johnny-come-lately's, who constantly seek more evidence, losers.

    Meandering Notes From Afar: Bush, Ashcroft, Astrophysics, Time/Space, The Tachyon, Prophets and Profits...

  • ‘You do my second-sight too much honour,’ said Fergus.

    Waverley

  • As for me, dear, I believe that love has second-sight: poor Ninety-three; his heart must have bled.

    Father Goriot

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