deuteroscopy

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

deutero- +‎ -scopy

Noun[edit]

deuteroscopy ‎(uncountable)

  1. second sight
    I felt by anticipation the horrors of the Highland seers, whom their gift of deuteroscopy compels to witness things unmeet for mortal eye. — Sir Walter Scott.
  2. That which is seen at a second view; a meaning beyond the literal sense; the second intention; a hidden signification.
    Sir Thomas Browne: “Not attaining the deuteroscopy and second intention of words, they omit their superconsequences, coherences, figures, or tropologies, and are not persuaded beyond their literalities (Brown’s Vulgar Errors). Chapter 3, Vol 1, p. 134, "The works of Sir Thomas Browne" edited by Charles Sayle, John Grant, Edinburgh, 1927.