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  • n. The state or condition of being uncanny.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character of being uncanny.


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  • More uncanniness is also revealed on the site, with reality mirroring science fiction, including a Sixth Day of the Sixth Month of the Sixth year timing of Al Gore's global warming film gala in DC relative to the moment in time when the Supreme Court removed all possibility of his becoming the 43rd President.

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  • While I don't think it's bridged the uncanny valley, finding the "uncanniness" in this screening was like to trying to spot dead pixels on an HD television.

    Avatar Day Footage - What Did You Think? | /Film

  • Likewise, the analysis may have been complicated by the rise of transmedia storytelling in which the boundaries of a particular narrative are very hard to define, so the uncanniness of comic art may be the prototype for things to come.

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  • Being one of the fortunate ones, I also feel the uncanniness of being insulated from it all.

    survivor guilt

  • “The knowledge of this fact on the part of the uncircumcised,” Fenichel writes, “has undoubtedly increased the feeling of uncanniness which the Jew gives them.”


  • But in my own case it's not so much fear of the unknown that drives me as it is a sense of numinous uncanniness, verging into Rudolf Otto's "daemonic dread," at the very fact of existence itself -- which, crucially, includes not just the disenchanted world of physical nature that's visible to empirical science but the world of immediate, first-person experience with all of its daimonic psychological oddities.

    Dark Awakenings and Cosmic Horror : The Lovecraft News Network

  • In The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing (1988), the uncanniness of pregnancy is laid bare.

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  • The single word it had spoken made the animal heavier somehow, as if its uncanniness were something solid.


  • He imagined the situation in detail and tried to analyse the physical sensations to be expected, in order to rid them of their uncanniness.


  • The monsters, some of which could be quite interesting and fearsome, are almost always robbed of any sense of uncanniness, mystery, or menace by the precise pigeonholing and blase attitude these two can be counted on to bring to any encounter.

    Archive 2009-05-24


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