oth·​er·​ness | \ ˈə-t͟hər-nəs How to pronounce otherness (audio) \

Definition of otherness

1 : the quality or state of being other or different
2 : something that is other or different

Examples of otherness in a Sentence

As an American growing up in Africa, I always felt a sense of otherness. the otherness of their small religious community
Recent Examples on the Web How does Ciri’s emulation of Geralt prepare her to take on any foe or doom her to a life of otherness — or both? Roxana Hadadi, Vulture, 17 Dec. 2021 In the film, Spielberg emphasizes the otherness of the recent immigrant. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 10 Dec. 2021 The woman artist, seeing herself as loathed, takes the very mark of her otherness and by asserting it as the hallmark of her iconography, establishes a vehicle by which to state the beauty and truth of her identity. Jo Livingstone, The New Republic, 17 Sep. 2021 That’s the challenge of science fiction, to create a real sense of distance and otherness when so much of storytelling rests on evoking the familiar. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 12 Sep. 2021 Rountree brought out the extremes of such otherness in both. Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2021 The story's bright swirl of Pixar pixie dust, jangle soundtrack, and gentle lessons on accepting otherness and learning to move past fear feel like a temporary passport: a sweetly soulful all-ages dip in la dolce vita. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 18 June 2021 My feet have always struck me as my tell of otherness, even more than my nose or hair or weight. Savala Nolan, Harper's Magazine, 20 July 2021 Politics comes in many guises, however, and Cage’s stance of absolute otherness, especially from the late forties onward, became an oblique mirror image of Hay’s own break from convention. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 25 June 2021

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First Known Use of otherness

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of otherness was in 1587

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“Otherness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/otherness. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of otherness

: the quality of being different or unusual


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