n.1.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.
He was seized with a fit of second-sight.
- Addison.
Nor less availed his optic sleight,
And Scottish gift of second-sight.
- Trumbull.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
She believed that she sometimes had a kind of second-sight about letters, and could tell before she read them whether they brought good or evil tidings.
Miss La Creevy, who was a member of the little council, ventured to insinuate some doubts relative to the probability of Miss Nickleby's arriving at this happy consummation in the compass of an ordinary lifetime; but the good lady set that question entirely at rest, by informing them that she had a presentiment on the subject--a species of second-sight with which she had been in the habit of clenching every argument with the deceased Mr Nickleby, and, in nine cases and three-quarters out of every ten, determining it the wrong way.
"She sits down like," said Irene, trembling in second-sight, "and she tries on the glass slipper, and it fits her to a T, and then the prince, he cries in a ringing voice, 'This here is my true love, Cinderella, what now I makes my lawful wedded wife.'"
"Yes; I suppose you found that out by second-sight."
"I only refrained from destroying your confidence in your own second-sight."
But let us leave off this strain, sir, if the tone of it is displeasing to you; I am no more disturbed by your justice than are you by my second-sight."
Virgin natures have, beyond all others, the inexplicable gift of second-sight, the reason of which lies perhaps in the purity of their nervous systems, which are, as it were, brand-new.
Du Bois as a feeling of "two-ness" resulting from the African American experience of "always looking at one's self through the eyes of others", described as an effect of cruel alienation that can also bring a gift of "second-sight" in the form of perspectives on practices of citizenship not available to those in positions of privilege.
Whichever way you look at it, this anonymous remake of the 2002 Hong Kong hit is a second-sight thriller.
In The Souls of Black Folk, Du Bois writes, "The Negro is a sort of seventh son, born with a veil, and gifted with second-sight in this American world" (45).
Rowan responds to the Coven call and inadvertently draws in second-sighted Tanya and her sidekick, Fabian, nonmembers who are trying to sort out their personal lives.
The injured man was placed in the very chair specified by the second-sighted man, where his appearance was just as had been described.