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Strange or unearthly; eerie.

[Perhaps Middle English *elriche : Old English el-, strange, other; see al- in Indo-European roots + Old English rīce, realm; see reg- in Indo-European roots.]


(ˈɛldrɪtʃ) or


poetic Scot unearthly; weird
[C16: perhaps from Old English ælf elf + rīce realm; see rich]


(ˈɛl drɪtʃ)

eerie; weird; spooky.
[1500–10; earlier elrich= Old English el- foreign, strange (see else) + rīce kingdom (see rich)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.eldritch - suggesting the operation of supernatural influenceseldritch - suggesting the operation of supernatural influences; "an eldritch screech"; "the three weird sisters"; "stumps...had uncanny shapes as of monstrous creatures"- John Galsworthy; "an unearthly light"; "he could hear the unearthly scream of some curlew piercing the din"- Henry Kingsley
supernatural - not existing in nature or subject to explanation according to natural laws; not physical or material; "supernatural forces and occurrences and beings"
References in classic literature ?
She did it with a look of hesitation and bashfulness, quite unlike the eldrich boldness and brightness which was usual with her.
Victoria, daughter-in-law Elaine, son-in-law Erik and grandsons Eldrich John, Elijah, Yuan and Ethan.
For this new collection, I drew inspiration from the gossamer lightness of Nymphs, elemental guardians of flora in eldrich lore.