un·​earth·​ly | \ ˌən-ˈərth-lē How to pronounce unearthly (audio) \

Definition of unearthly

: not earthly: such as
a : not mundane : ideal unearthly love
b : not terrestrial unearthly radio sources
c : preternatural, supernatural an unearthly light
d : weird, eerie unearthly howls
e : absurd, ungodly gets up at an unearthly hour

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Other Words from unearthly

unearthliness noun

Examples of unearthly in a Sentence

We left at the unearthly time of 5:00 a.m. an unearthly knack for picking winning lottery numbers
Recent Examples on the Web The concept was so unearthly, in fact, that private aviation first took off not as a means of transportation, but as a sideshow of sorts. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Cessna Is Such a Badass Plane," 17 Oct. 2019 The Nighthawk is a mean-looking jet, borderline unearthly. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "Why the F-117 Nighthawk Is Such a Badass Plane," 12 Aug. 2019 Cowan says, despite its distinctly unearthly and somewhat unhospitable state. Lee Billings, Scientific American, "Astronomers Find Water on an Exoplanet Twice the Size of Earth," 11 Sep. 2019 The fate of fantastical deep sea creatures that live in unearthly habitats targeted for industrial mining might rest on a trove of scientific data collected by mining companies, but long kept secret. Todd Woody, National Geographic, "Do we know enough about the deep sea to mine it?," 24 July 2019 With the addition of an unearthly presence, there's definitely some parallels to Stranger Things in this show. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "12 Shows Like "Stranger Things" You Should Make Your Next Binge-Watch," 12 July 2019 Kantarovsky, black-haired and soft-spoken, is a storyteller whose stories resonate with dark humor and unearthly situations. Dodie Kazanjian, Vogue, "The Darkly Comic Art of Sanya Kantarovsky," 15 May 2019 There are some occasionally interesting visuals in Ozark season two, usually involving the sudden eruption of fire (which has a tendency to cast an unearthly but much-needed glow onto everything nearby). Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Ozark’s muddy season 2, explained in 11 incomprehensible screenshots," 1 Sep. 2018 The vines here are set low to the ground, so exposed and forlorn that vignerons build small hemispherical windscreens from rock for each vine, for an almost unearthly effect, and yielding fruit that seems brimming with mineral heft. Patrick Comiskey, latimes.com, "Cool white wines from hot climates," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of unearthly

1611, in the meaning defined above

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13 Nov 2019

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“Unearthly.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unearthly. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of unearthly

: very strange, unnatural, and frightening
British : unreasonably early or late

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