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- strange, and mysteriously unsettling (as if supernatural); weird
- He bore an uncanny resemblance to the dead sailor.
- (UK dialectal) Careless.
- (Can we clean up(+) this sense?) (psychology, psychoanalysis, Freud) Simultaneously familiar and foreign, often uncomfortably so; translation of Freud's German unheimlich ("no longer secret").
strange, mysteriously unsettling
- ^ 2011, Espen Dahl, Hans-Gunter Heimbrock, In Between: The Holy Beyond Modern Dichotomies, page 99, — [The uncanny is] something that was long familiar to the psyche and was estranged from it only through being repressed. The link with repression now illuminates Schelling′s definition of the uncanny as ‘something that should have remained hidden and has come into the open.’ (Freud: 2003, 147 f)