oth·er·world·ly | \ˌə-t͟hər-ˈwərl(d)-lē \

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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Björk’s vast selection of otherworldly garments, worn both onstage and in her music videos, are often labors of love. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Björk’s Latest Dress Is Made From 25,000 Swarovski Crystals," 9 July 2018 This one happens to be missing a chunk of its side, allowing for an otherworldly adventure. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Kid-friendly hikes around Arizona: Hit the trail with your family this summer," 28 June 2018 Those old bone-piles of American literature, Mailer, Updike and Irving, were writing psychological fantasies or books of otherworldly preciousness. The Economist, "Tom Wolfe died on May 14th," 26 May 2018 The pigments, which come from algae and plankton, imbue his slabs and chunks of wood with an otherworldly light best viewed in the dark. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "Seeing the heavens in a cut of wood," 11 July 2018 The look juxtaposes a polished, suit-wearing Jackie Kennedy aura with that of an otherworldly creature: Technicolor, whimsical, and utterly bizarre. Zoe Harris, Marie Claire, "Why Jeremy's Scott New Moschino Campaign Is Being Described as Distasteful," 26 June 2018 Its slightly otherworldly landscape has actually been used as a stand-in for Martha’s Vineyard in the 2010 film The Ghost Writer. Max Maeckler, Vogue, "The Martha’s Vineyard of Germany Is Vanishing Into the Sea," 25 June 2018 Gnostic Trio—guitarist Bill Frisell, vibraphonist Kenny Wollesen and harpist Carol Emanuel —creates an ethereal, nearly otherworldly sound. Larry Blumenfeld, WSJ, "A Personal Statement Turned Ritual Music," 5 June 2018 In the process, Morhinweg and Urban were able to pivot and push forward with adjustments that highlighted Vick’s otherworldly talents. Albert Breer, SI.com, "Pat Shurmur Believes In Eli Manning. Will the Giants Believe Too?," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of otherworldly

1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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