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

  • 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
  • It made the otherworldly part of one who also was a merry gossip among his fellows.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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