otherworldly

adjective

oth·​er·​world·​ly ˌə-t͟hər-ˈwərl(d)-lē How to pronounce otherworldly (audio)
1
a
: 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
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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Word History

First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of otherworldly was in 1879

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“Otherworldly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/otherworldly. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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