otherworldly

adjective
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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Other Words from otherworldly

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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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 The first candle, Witches' Brew, has a top note of cinnamon, a mid note of jasmine, and base notes of patchouli and woody vanilla for a scent that's sweet, yet a little otherworldly. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Yankee Candle Is Releasing Two New Scary-Good Halloween Candles This Week," 21 Aug. 2018 The story is fantastic — about a young man who becomes the living manifestation of New York City, fighting against an otherworldly horror. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "All the science fiction and fantasy books we’re looking forward to in 2019," 30 Dec. 2018 Among the stops are Nipe Bay, home of the lush pine forests of the Sierra del Cristal range and Guayabo waterfalls, and Isla de la Juventud, a former pirate hideout with coral reefs, shipwrecks, and the otherworldly Punta del Este Caves. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "The Best Places to Travel in 2019," 7 Dec. 2018 There are only six neat tents dressed with creamy carpets and natural fabrics overlooking the otherworldly landscape, whose silence is almost deafening. Mary Holland, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Your Next Safari Should Be in Namibia," 6 Nov. 2018 Ryan Murphy has confirmed that a few of the iconic members of the otherworldly AHS landscape will return again: Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, and Kathy Bates. Zoe Harris, Marie Claire, "The 'American Horror Story: Apocalypse' Trailer Is Finally Here and Creepy as Hell," 6 Aug. 2018 This year's squad, bolstered by J.D. Martinez (25 HR) and an otherworldly breakout from Mookie Betts (20 HR, a .338/.428/.684 line) ranks second in the AL in dingers and first in OPS. Jack Dickey, SI.com, "Midseason Report Card: Red Sox, Yankees Continue to Control the AL East," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of otherworldly

1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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otherworldly

adjective

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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