eldritch

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Etymology[edit]

Of uncertain origin. Possibly from Middle English eldrich, from earlier elrich, equivalent to Old English el- (foreign, strange, other) (see else ) + rīċe (realm, kingdom) (see rich ); hence “of a strange country, pertaining to the Otherworld”; compare Old English ellende "in a foreign land, exiled" (compare German Elend "penury, distress" and Dutch ellende "misery"), Runic Norse alja-markir "foreigner". Alternatively related to Elf + rīċe (realm, kingdom); hence "fairyland".

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eldritch (comparative more eldritch, superlative most eldritch)

  1. unearthly, alien, supernatural, weird, spooky, eerie

“He’s able to say a few more words, though they tend to be odd or arcane.” “Like what?” “Well, let’s see . . . One of my favorites is eldritch,” I said with a fleeting smile. Jeanne looked amused. “That sounds lik a cross between an elf and a witch!” “It does. But it means strange, eerie, weird, as in: ‘A flying saucer arose silently from an eldritch swamp.’”