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or ee·ry  (îr′ē)
adj. ee·ri·er, ee·ri·est
1. Inspiring inexplicable fear, dread, or uneasiness; strange and frightening. See Synonyms at weird.
2. Scots Frightened or intimidated by superstition.

[Middle English eri, fearful, from Old English earg, cowardly.]

ee′ri·ly adv.
ee′ri·ness n.
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Noun1.eeriness - strangeness by virtue of being mysterious and inspiring fear
strangeness, unfamiliarity - unusualness as a consequence of not being well known
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(ˈiəri) adjective
causing fear; weird. an eerie silence.
ˈeerily adverb
ˈeeriness noun
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A fair number evoke feelings of discomfort or eeriness in the reader, not so much by what is said as by what is left unsaid.
The video shown is a close up of a fighting cock (or perhaps just a very rowdy rooster) that agitates towards the camera while screeches and low grunts wash the background with an uncomfortable eeriness. The only illumination in the room is the block of light around two long paragraphs of text, facing each other from opposite walls.
A special featurette, "The Manhunter Look," engrossingly reveals the ways the cinematography and sound were used to add to the eeriness. Cast interviews are more interesting than usual, especially British character actor Brian Cox, who plays Lecter in the movie, revealing that he was the fourth choice for the role--after Brian Dennehy, John Lithgow, and Mandy Patinkin!
"Echaron al gobernador de Chiapas / They ran out the governor of Chiapas," says Makal, and in the same breath alludes to "sondmbulos / dream walkers" and "mujeres inocentes, con su pelo liquido / innocent women with their liquid hair." The juxtapositions throw the reader off balance; they serve to convey the eeriness, the sense of unreality created by political upheaval.
Adding to its eeriness, the aye-aye is active only at night; the house-cat-size animal is the world's largest nocturnal primate.
As fantastical as this tale is, Picano weaves it well, evoking the beauty of Tuscany and the eeriness of the strange encounter, while blending both into a very entertaining story.
There is an eeriness with regards to how much Wallsend gave to the world.
The eeriness of Alcatraz, the spectacular Californian seaside towns, the architecture on Nob Hill I hated..
The viewer was nonetheless helplessly drawn into the new reality so evocatively created by the performance, making it all the clearer that the eeriness was heading in the direction of psychological derailment.
Yes, some of these images seem eerily still, but the eeriness is that in which one senses a process at work that is about to manifest itself.
After the service people followed the parade into the square - undeterred by the rain - where the Last Post was played again and that same atmosphere hung in the air in a kind of silent eeriness as people again remembered, a lot with personal experience, and some of us paying respect to all those who fought and are fighting for a better future.
And the menu's design keeps with the show's sense of eeriness. This set should definitely please established fans as well as create new ones.