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

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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 The flowers, of course, are stunning, unearthly, and beloved by bees and butterflies. Kenneth Setzer, miamiherald, "Need to screen off your neighbors? Here's how to grow a green privacy barrier," 27 June 2018 In normal circumstances, only one player with unearthly footballing ability would roam this earth, and if that were the case then that individual may have rested on their laurels. SI.com, "6 Player Partnerships That Wouldn't Have Succeeded Without One Another," 10 June 2018 Sylphs are not human beings but mythological creatures — and the white filmy tutu emphasized their unearthly, gravity-defying quality. Rhonda Garelick, The Cut, "Carrie Bradshaw’s Tutu Paradox," 1 June 2018 Its eerie, unearthly vibe—a landscape riddled with pits, and rusted-out cars everywhere—was immortalized in 1985 by director George Miller, who shot part of Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome there. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "Inside Coober Pedy, Australia's Underground Town," 14 May 2018 This unearthly ensemble posed next to a 14th-century marble angel, originally sculpted for the Duomo. Rhonda Garelick, The Cut, "The Met’s ‘Heavenly Bodies’ Show Is Worth the Pilgrimage," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of unearthly

1611, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unearthly

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

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