eldritch

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From Middle English eldrich, from earlier elrich, equivalent to Old English el- (foreign, strange, uncanny) (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".

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eldritch (comparative more eldritch, superlative most eldritch)

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