un-earthliness

unearthly

[uhn-urth-lee]
adjective
1.
seeming not to belong to this earth or world: unearthly beauty.
2.
supernatural; ghostly; unnaturally strange; weird: an unearthly scream.
3.
out of the ordinary; unreasonable or absurd: to get up at an unearthly hour.

Origin:
1605–15; un-1 + earthly

unearthliness, noun


2. preternatural, spectral. See weird.
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unearthly (ʌnˈɜːθlɪ)
 
adj
1.  ghostly; eerie; weird: unearthly screams
2.  heavenly; sublime: unearthly music
3.  ridiculous or unreasonable (esp in the phrase unearthly hour)
 
un'earthliness
 
n

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unearthly
1610s, "heavenly, sublime," from un- (1) "not" + earthly. Sense of "ghostly, weird" first recorded 1802.
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unearthly definition


  1. mod.
    weird; terrible. : There was an unearthly smell coming out of the kitchen.
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