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 At lower altitudes, though, the weak but insistent wind can have its way with softer rocks, and that is the unearthly way in which Mount Sharp was made. The Economist, "Extraterrestrial hiking Following the tracks of NASA’s Curiosity rover," 16 Dec. 2020 Set the feedback to infinite and create an unearthly wall of sound or push in the Lo-Fi button for extra vintage flavor. Popular Science, "The best plugins for home music production," 27 Oct. 2020 As the fiery emissary streaked across the skies of Costa Rica, an unearthly mix of orange and green, Marcia Campos Muñoz was in her pajamas, watching TV on the couch. Joshua Sokol, Science | AAAS, "An unusual meteorite, more valuable than gold, may hold the building blocks of life," 13 Aug. 2020 And, as with any good mystery, hazy, orange Titan — a world whose riches might include life-forms with bizarre, unearthly chemistries — is consistently outwitting scientists and demanding more than a clever gaze from faraway to solve. Nadia Drake, New York Times, "Why Didn’t Saturn Eat Titan, Its Biggest Moon?," 10 Mar. 2020 King’s story provided just the opportunity, teeming with elements of the unearthly: doppelgängers, chilling late-night visitations, psychic intuitions. Lauren Christensen, New York Times, "‘The Outsider’ Brings a Faceless Terror, and Stephen King, to HBO," 9 Jan. 2020 This unearthly tension between reality and irreality is exacerbated by the setting. Daniel Drake, The New York Review of Books, "The Slog Comes in on Little Cat Feet," 4 Jan. 2020 Conducted by Cornelius Meister, the Bayerisches Staatsorchester conjure Mr Abrahamsen’s unearthly sounds, his tinkling icicles and billowing snowstorms. The Economist, "A new retelling of “The Snow Queen” is aimed squarely at adults," 31 Dec. 2019 The unearthly beauty transported me to a place beyond imagination and yet, amazingly, actually real. The Christian Science Monitor, "Prayer for the world’s children," 20 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of unearthly

1611, in the meaning defined above

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30 Dec 2020

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“Unearthly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unearthly. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unearthly

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

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