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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Definitions for eldritch

  1. Strange; unearthly; weird; eerie.

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Citations for eldritch
In the eldritch light of evening in Nevada's Black Rock Desert, the eye plays tricks on the brain. Thom Stark, Boardwatch
The immitigable mountains and their stark, eldritch trees; coasts where earth abruptly snapped off, never to be continued, or beaches which gnawed it to bright dust and sucked it gently away. . . . Carolyn Kizer, New York Times
Origin of eldritch
1500-1510
Eldritch perhaps derives from a Middle English word meaning "fairyland," from Middle English elf, "elf" (from Old English aelf) + riche, "kingdom" (from Old English rice).