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eldritch

[el-drich] /ˈɛl drɪtʃ/
adjective
1.
eerie; weird; spooky.
Also, eldrich, elritch.
Origin
1500-1510
1500-10; earlier elrich, equivalent to Old English el- foreign, strange, uncanny (see else) + rīce kingdom (see rich); hence “of a strange country, pertaining to the Otherworld”; compare Old English ellende in a foreign land, exiled (cognate with German Elend penury, distress), Runic Norse alja-markir foreigner
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British Dictionary definitions for eldrich

eldritch

/ˈɛldrɪtʃ/
adjective
1.
(poetic, Scot) unearthly; weird
Word Origin
C16: perhaps from Old English ælfelf + rīce realm; see rich
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Word Origin and History for eldrich

eldritch

adj.

c.1500, apparently somehow from elf (cf. Scottish variant elphrish), an explanation OED finds "suitable;" Watkins connects its elements with Old English el- "else, otherwise" and rice "realm."

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