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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
Recent Examples on the Web While there are many high-security government facilities in the U.S., none can match Area 51’s otherworldly mythology. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, "The Storming of Area 51: A Covert Journey to the Heart of America’s Worst-Kept Secret," 13 Jan. 2020 Jerry Jeudy, Alabama’s otherworldly receiver, dominated the Wolverines’ secondary with 204 receiving yards in the Tide's 19-point win. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football starting QB race among things to watch for 2020," 3 Jan. 2020 The Bucks wound up taking a 2-0 lead in the series, though Toronto won the next four games behind an otherworldly performance by Kawhi Leonard. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "These are the 10 best Milwaukee Bucks games of the decade," 2 Jan. 2020 The Matobo is an otherworldly landscape of bald granite hills, dense woodland, and inselbergs, with some 50,000 caves containing rock art dating back to the 11th century. Peter Browne, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Slow Safari Along Zimbabwe’s Back Roads," 20 Dec. 2019 Camille Vela’s voice has a delicious otherworldly quality about it, and Cherran Dea’s authority keeps everyone in line. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "Dark and edgy Christmas at Penguin Point with ‘Santaland Diaries,’ Phantasmagoria | Reviews," 13 Dec. 2019 There is evidence that Europeans believed that embalmed bodies contained otherworldly healing powers. National Geographic, "Europe's morbid 'mummy craze' has been an obsession for centuries," 10 Dec. 2019 Antonia Lloyd-Jones) Olga Tokarczuk, who was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize for Literature, trains her imaginative mind on the story of Janina, a 60-something Polish woman with an otherworldly appreciation for animals. Lucy Feldman, Time, "The 10 Best Fiction Books of 2019," 22 Nov. 2019 Last night’s reveal of the angular, faceted, clipped, cropped, and generally otherworldly pickup truck in Los Angeles startled those in attendance, the media, and the Twitterverse. Eric Adams, Popular Mechanics, "9 Things You Need To Know About Tesla's Incredibly Weird and Possibly Genius Cybertruck," 22 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of otherworldly

1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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17 Jan 2020

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“Otherworldly.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/otherworldly. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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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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