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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Definitions for uncanny

  1. Having or seeming to have a supernatural or inexplicable basis; beyond the ordinary or normal; extraordinary: uncanny accuracy; an uncanny knack of foreseeing trouble.
  2. Mysterious; arousing superstitious fear or dread; uncomfortably strange: Uncanny sounds filled the house.

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Citations for uncanny
Again the mood is uncanny, with strange perturbations in the atmosphere, the abstruse word choice purposely jarring: “suzerain,” “diacritic,” “acephalous,” “zebu,” “argute.” Charles Bukowski, introduction by David Stephen Calonne, Absence of the Hero
She saw him put his hand on the shoulder of their mother's chair, touch the fringe on a lampshade, as if to confirm for himself that the uncanny persistence of half-forgotten objects, all in their old places, was not some trick of the mind. Marilynne Robinson, Home
Origin of uncanny
Uncanny once meant "mischievous." The association with the supernatural arose in the 1770s. The word canny means careful, astute, skilled and frugal.