deuteroscopy

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From deutero- +‎ -scopy.

Noun[edit]

deuteroscopy (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) That which is seen at a second view; a meaning beyond the literal sense, ulterior signification.
    • 1646, Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica, London: Edw. Dod & Nath. Ekins, 1650, Book I, Chapter 3, p. 7,[1]
      For not attaining the deuteroscopy, and second intention of the words, they are fain to omit their superconsequencies, coherencies, figures, or tropologies; and are not sometime perswaded by fire beyond their literalities.
  2. Second sight.
    • 1822, Walter Scott, The Fortunes of Nigel, Introductory Epistle,[2]
      I felt by anticipation the horrors of the Highland seers, whom their gift of deuteroscopy compels to witness things unmeet for mortal eye []