eldritch

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Etymology[edit]

From the earlier form elritch, of uncertain origin. The second element, -ritch, is generally taken to be Old English rīċe (realm, kingdom) (see rich). Some think the first element, el-, derives from an Old English root meaning "foreign, strange, other" (related to Old English ellende and modern English else); others think it derives from elf.[1][2]

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eldritch (comparative more eldritch, superlative most eldritch)

  1. Unearthly, supernatural, eerie.

References[edit]

  1. ^ eldritch” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
  2. ^ eldritch” in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Online