adjective (uncannier, uncanniest)
- Eriksson, charming, smooth and cerebral, has the uncanny ability to deflect most criticism.
- Paul had this uncanny ability of making me want to hit him and laugh at the same time.
- Some people seem to have an uncanny ability to grow personally regardless of their apparent setting.
- Example sentences
- Making Christ into ‘our contemporary’ in this way literally spirits away all of Christ's uncanniness, his queerness.
- But sepia-toned photos loomed out of the dark: gothic, gallows humor, uncanniness, and the cruelty of the unconscious and of history.
- The article concludes with a discussion of the uncanniness of this re-emergent form of commodity fetishism.
The Scots originally used uncanny, just as they did its positive equivalent canny, ‘shrewd, cautious’, ‘clever’ or ‘nice, pleasant’. Uncanny has always had overtones of the occult, and originally implied ‘malignant or malicious’, but during the 19th century the word left Scotland to develop its usual modern meaning ‘mysterious, weird, strange’.
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