Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of another world, especially a mystical or transcendental world: "The effect was dreamy, otherworldy” ( Gioia Diliberto).
  • adj. Devoted to the world of the mind; concerned with intellectual or imaginative things.
  • adj. Concerned with an afterlife, especially when inattentive to the present.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, concerned with, or preoccupied with a different world than that of the tangible here and now, such as a heavenly, spiritual, or imaginary world.
  • adj. Not belonging to the real world; unnatural; odd and unfamiliar.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. existing outside of or not in accordance with nature.
  • adj. Not worldly; preparing for or concerned primarily with the afterlife; -- of people.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Governed in this life by motives relating to the consideration of existence in another and better world.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. existing outside of or not in accordance with nature

Etymologies

otherworld +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Scientists today announced what they called otherworldly discoveries of strange communities of extreme microbes in hostile environments at the bottom of the sea.

    Livescience.com

  • People go to psychics, and believe in otherworldly beings such as angels.

    Writer Unboxed » Blog Archive » Interview with Jules Watson, Part 3

  • It's easy to be mesmerized by the promise of deep-space exploration by astronauts in otherworldly space suits.

    NASA Watch: August 2007 Archives

  • That's interesting, because Louisiana's leading candidate for Governor, Rep. Bobby Jindal (R-Kenner), has previously written about his belief in otherworldly entities such as angels, spirits, demons and "related phenomena".

    Archive 2007-03-01

  • There is nothing that might be called otherworldly about this ministry of Jesus.

    THE NAMES OF JESUS

  • She does look quite 'otherworldly' - a good match for Matt S.

    OMG

  • The vision -- which i hasten to point out, is neither "religious" nor "otherworldly" -- feels like a"startling recognition."

    Jason Silva: On Creativity, Marijuana and "a Butterfly Effect in Thought"

  • The radiance that surrounded you can only be termed otherworldly.

    Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer

  • Though I haven't left Earth, I'm standing in a place you could be forgiven for calling otherworldly: the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, a place hyped by boasters and travel agents as the driest environment on the planet.

    NYDN Rss

  • Though I haven't left Earth, I'm standing in a place you could forgiven for calling otherworldly: the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, a place hyped by boasters and travel agents as the driest environment on the planet.

    NYDN Rss

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