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unearthly

[uhn-urth-lee] /ʌnˈɜrθ li/
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
1605-1615
1605-15; un-1 + earthly
Related forms
unearthliness, noun
Synonyms
2. preternatural, spectral. See weird.
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British Dictionary definitions for un-earthliness

unearthly

/ʌnˈɜːθlɪ/
adjective
1.
ghostly; eerie; weird: unearthly screams
2.
heavenly; sublime: unearthly music
3.
ridiculous or unreasonable (esp in the phrase unearthly hour)
Derived Forms
unearthliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for un-earthliness

unearthly

adj.

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

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