adjective (unearthlier, unearthliest)
- 1Unnatural or mysterious, especially in a disturbing way: unearthly quietMore example sentences
other-worldly, not of this world, supernatural, preternatural, extraterrestrial, alien; ghostly, spectral, phantom, mysterious, haunted, chilling, spine-chilling, hair-raising, blood-curdling; uncanny, eerie, macabre, strange, weird, unnatural, bizarre; Scottish eldritch
- They attempt to explore every avenue, but don't have any problems accepting that this mystery might have a unearthly solution.
- There was something strange in that moment when she looked at him, something unearthly and mysterious.
- His dark eyes seemed to be contemplating unearthly mysteries, which is an unusual sight in one so young.
- 2 • informal Unreasonably early or inconvenient: a job which involves getting up at an unearthly hourMore example sentences
- I was up at the unearthly hour of 4.30 a.m. to catch an early flight to Paris.
- I had to go to Oxenholme Station at some unearthly hour of the morning to collect from the security men a press pass which would let me follow the Queen around when she toured Westmorland later that day.
- The other forms relate to threats following a feud between two families, abuses or dialing at unearthly hours and disconnecting before the call is through.
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- We get the point fairly early on, but it can't be repeated often enough: Jonah's voice is good to the point of unearthliness.
- It was almost as if, no matter where he went he carried an air of unearthliness around.
- The film lacked the darkness and unearthliness of the serialised version.