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[uhth -er-wurld-lee] /ˈʌð ərˈwɜrld li/
of, relating to, or devoted to another world, as the world of imagination or the world to come.
Origin of otherworldly
1870-75; other world + -ly
Related forms
otherworldliness, noun Unabridged
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  • Yet it does not wrap its initiates in a selfish and otherworldly calm, isolate them from the pain and effort of the common life.

    Practical Mysticism Evelyn Underhill
  • The spirit is your ideal, the unattained, the otherworldly; spirit is the name of your—god, "God is spirit."

    The Ego and His Own Max Stirner
  • It made the otherworldly part of one who also was a merry gossip among his fellows.

  • He is, however, in part an otiose deity and can hardly be said to rule over this otherworldly realm.

British Dictionary definitions for otherworldly


of or relating to the spiritual or imaginative world
impractical or unworldly
Derived Forms
otherworldliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for otherworldly

1854, from other + world + -ly (1). Otherworldliness is recorded from 1819. Phrase other world "world of idealism or fantasy, afterlife, spirit-land" is c.1200.

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