oth·​er·​world·​ly | \ ˌə-t͟hər-ˈwərl(d)-lē How to pronounce otherworldly (audio) \

Definition of otherworldly

1a : of, relating to, or resembling that of a world other than the actual world
b : devoted to preparing for a world to come
2 : devoted to intellectual or imaginative pursuits

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otherworldliness noun

Examples of otherworldly in a Sentence

otherworldly creatures from the deep sea a movie in which otherworldly beings live among us in a parallel universe

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Our favorite day trip was combining the otherworldly hot springs of Hierve al Agua and Teotitlan, a dusty weaving village known for its natural dyes. Anna Deutsch, Harper's BAZAAR, "Just Back From…Oaxaca, Mexico," 22 May 2019 From $612, belmond.com With its otherworldly red rock formations and #goodvibesonly vortexes, Sedona is great for girls trips. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "5 Luxury Destinations for a Mother-Daughter Trip," 9 May 2019 Its centerpiece, an otherworldly, largely featureless 1,900-square-mile salt pan is home to more than 100 species of animals, including the Big Five. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Places to Go This Summer That Won't Be Full of Tourists," 11 May 2018 And with Northern California’s otherworldly climate, the owners can keep the doors open all the time with no fear of bugs. House Beautiful, "Patrick Printy Designed This California Home to Bring the Great Outdoors Into Every Room," 19 Apr. 2019 Pisces, on the other hand, is the last astrological sign and is recognized for its otherworldly wisdom and spiritual depth. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What February's Aries Horoscope Means for You," 30 Jan. 2018 The clingy fog softened but could not hide the stark, otherworldly beauty of Holgate, uninhabited except for plovers, terns, skimmers, and oyster catchers. Kevin Riordan, Philly.com, "A Shore wildlife haven is a source of visual and musical inspiration," 28 Apr. 2018 Mereba effortlessly crafts an otherworldly ode to her lover on this track from her debut project The Jungle Is the Only Way Out. Natalie Maher, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Wedding Songs of 2019 (So Far)," 1 Mar. 2019 Argento’s Suspiria used its aesthetic to celebrate a witchery that was inherently otherworldly and stylized, producing a rapturous symphony of violence for its own beautiful sake. Aja Romano, Vox, "How Suspiria turns the color red into a plot point," 9 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of otherworldly

1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of otherworldly was in 1879

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English Language Learners Definition of otherworldly

: suggesting a world that is different from the world we know : seeming to belong to or come from another world

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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