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  1. of, relating to, or devoted to another world, as the world of imagination or the world to come.
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Origin of otherworldly

1870–75; other world + -ly
Related formsoth·er·world·li·ness, noun
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Related Words for otherworldly

mystical, magical, supernatural, uncanny, ethereal, heavenly, alien, spiritual, transcendental, unearthly, unworldly, visionary

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  • The spirit is your ideal, the unattained, the otherworldly; spirit is the name of your—god, "God is spirit."

  • 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


  1. of or relating to the spiritual or imaginative world
  2. impractical or unworldly
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Derived Formsotherworldliness, 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.

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