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 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 Some of the marketing material for the show depicted Angela Abar/Sister Night illuminated with an unearthly blue glow, the color of Dr. Manhattan. Wired, "We Need to Talk About Last Night’s Watchmen," 2 Dec. 2019 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

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First Known Use of unearthly

1611, in the meaning defined above

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“Unearthly.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unearthly?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=u&file=uneart02. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unearthly

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

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