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[uhn-urth-lee] /ʌnˈɜrθ li/
seeming not to belong to this earth or world:
unearthly beauty.
supernatural; ghostly; unnaturally strange; weird:
an unearthly scream.
out of the ordinary; unreasonable or absurd:
to get up at an unearthly hour.
Origin of unearthly
First recorded in 1605-15; un-1 + earthly
Related forms
unearthliness, noun
2. preternatural, spectral. See weird. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for unearthly
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  • It was motionless as marble; but never had she seen anything so beautiful, and so unearthly.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • "What an unearthly hour," he said, unable to check the yawns.

  • When first I saw the donkey I saw him in the sunlight as the unearthly gargoyle that he is.

    Alarms and Discursions G. K. Chesterton
  • The steel-shod sides were bathed in an unearthly orange glow.

    Pirates of the Gorm Nat Schachner
  • It covered the dawn, the clouding and the unearthly sunset of a hope.

  • The silence of the room was broken by a fall, a succession of unearthly screams.

    The Film of Fear Arnold Fredericks
  • Socrates as yet does not know himself; and why should he care to know about unearthly monsters?

    Phaedrus Plato
  • His answer was an unearthly howl from the box, accompanied by a mighty scratching.

    The Woman-Haters Joseph C. Lincoln
  • In seconds the room was filled with unearthly hoots and wails and whistles.

    Invasion William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • There was a roar in his ears like the bombardment of unearthly artillery.

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
British Dictionary definitions for unearthly


ghostly; eerie; weird: unearthly screams
heavenly; sublime: unearthly music
ridiculous or unreasonable (esp in the phrase unearthly hour)
Derived Forms
unearthliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unearthly

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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