séance

See also: seance and Séance

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From French séance (sitting, session).

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NounEdit

séance (plural séances)

  1. A ceremony where people try to communicate with the spirits of dead people, usually led by a medium.
    • 1936, Rollo Ahmed, The Black Art, London: Long, page 231:
      [B]ut only too often séances degenerate into pure sorcery or necromancy, attracting all kinds of undeveloped and earth-bound entities.
  2. (dated) The sitting of an assembly to discuss a matter.

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VerbEdit

séance (third-person singular simple present séances, present participle séancing, simple past and past participle séanced)

  1. To hold a séance (communication with spirits).

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

séant +‎ -ance, possibly corresponding to Latin sedentia.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /se.ɑ̃s/
  • (file)
  • Homophone: séances
  • Hyphenation: sé‧ance
  • Rhymes: -ɑ̃s

NounEdit

séance f (plural séances)

  1. session

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