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unearthly

Syllabification: un·earth·ly
Pronunciation: /ˌənˈərTHlē
 
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Definition of unearthly in English:

adjective

1Unnatural or mysterious, especially in a disturbing way: unearthly quiet
More example sentences
  • 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 that involves getting up at an unearthly hour
More 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.

Derivatives

unearthliness

1
noun
Example sentences
  • 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.

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