• (RP, GA) IPA: /ˈɔː.dɪ.ənt/

audient (not comparable)

  1. Listening, paying attention. [from mid 16th c.]
    Synonyms: attentive, reckful
    • 1856, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “Ninth Book”, in Aurora Leigh, London: Chapman and Hall, […], published 1857, OCLC 1000396166 ↗, page 398 ↗:
      And, as we sate, we felt the old earth spin, / And all the starry turbulence of worlds / Swing round us in their audient circles, till / If that same golden moon were overhead / Or if beneath our feet, we did not know.

audient (plural audients)

  1. (obsolete) A hearer.
    • 1612, [Miguel de Cervantes]; Thomas Shelton, transl., “Which Treates of the Discretion of the Beautifull Dorotea, and the Artificiall Manner Used to Disswade the Amorous Knight from Continuing His Penance: And How He was Gotten Away; with Many Other Delightfull and Pleasant Occurrences”, in The History of the Valorovs and Wittie Knight-errant Don-Qvixote of the Mancha. […], London: Printed by William Stansby, for Ed[ward] Blount and W. Barret, OCLC 84747867 ↗, part 1, page 300 ↗:
      The audients of her ſad ſtorie, felt great motions both of pitie and admiration for her miſfortunes: {{...}
  2. (obsolete, specifically) A catechumen in the early Christian#Adjective|Christian Church.

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