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  • n. The characteristic of being unearthly; ethereal; otherworldly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character or state of being unearthly.


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  • To see how the appearance of the lusty hero in the halls of woe can heighten the tragic interest by the sheer force of contrast, we must turn to the 'Alcestis' of Euripides, where the death of Alcestis and the strange conflict of Hercules with Death is treated with just that touch of mystery and unearthliness which is absent from the libretto which Gluck was called upon to set.

    The Opera A Sketch of the Development of Opera. With full Descriptions of all Works in the Modern Repertory.

  • Clary had seen some of the fey before at Magnuss party and had been struck by both their cold beauty and a certain wild unearthliness they possessed even when they were dancing and drinking.

    City of Ashes

  • The strangeness of what we were about to do, the unearthliness of it, overwhelmed me.

    First Men in the Moon

  • Ruth, all dream, all unearthliness gone from a face now a tragic mask of human woe and terror.

    The Metal Monster

  • It was not, this time, the unearthliness he had seen in the dog; it was a sudden shock of feeling that he had seen them somewhere before.


  • The beauty of the blued clouds and dark skyles had an unearthliness that made Carl shiver.

    In Other Worlds

  • He had the strength of the angels, and something of their unearthliness.

    The Thorn Birds

  • In every age religious souls have voiced this unearthliness of reality, the noble other-worldliness of the goals of the natural order.

    Preaching and Paganism

  • The intensity of the clear light had something strange and wonderful in it, touched with unearthliness.

    Peter and Jane or The Missing Heir

  • What once had saintly unearthliness is now a powerful motor among worldly interests.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 83, September, 1864


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