Definition of other-worldly in English:


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1Relating to an imaginary or spiritual world: music of an almost other-worldly beauty
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  • Neptune, the planet of gentle love and compassion, is in a harmonious aspect to his Moon, which is a clear signal that his music is becoming more spiritual and other-worldly.
  • Some forms of contemporary theology have reacted strongly against this anti-body attitude and this other-worldly spirituality of modern Gnostics, whether within or outside the Church.
  • Some of our people, listening in on our ancestors' imagined, other-worldly discourse, hear only the endless repetition of the never again.
2Unworldly: celibate clerics with a very other-worldly outlook
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  • The outlook, the world view, was clearly other-worldly.
  • I'd been chatting with Michael and what struck me at the time was how shy and other-worldly he seemed.
  • What is so strange about Britain - so particular, so fearful, so other-worldly - that she should decide to withhold her unique wisdom from the [European] enterprise?
ethereal, fey, dreamy, spiritual, mystic, mystical;
unearthly, supernatural, preternatural, transcendental;



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  • The kookiness comes over as detachment or other-worldliness.
  • Yet I find a fascination in learning about other ways of seeing the reef in which the element of other-worldliness comes through strongly and differently.
  • In this attitude of other-worldliness in which the world was totally neglected, there was naturally no place for acquiring a knowledge of the physical universe.

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