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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.]
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(ˈɛldrɪtʃ) or


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

eerie; weird; spooky.
[1500–10; earlier elrich= Old English el- foreign, strange (see else) + rīce kingdom (see rich)]
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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"
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References in classic literature ?
Pearl, in utter scorn of her mother's attempt to quiet her, gave an eldritch scream, and then became silent, not from any motion of obedience, but because the quick and mobile curiosity of her disposition was excited by the appearance of those new personages.
And the woman, whose voice had risen to a kind of eldritch sing-song, turned with a skip, and was gone.
Three more times Jane encountered the ghost and always the eldritch relic of Victorian times made a grab at the baby.
It's hard to find a new twist on survival games, but Fade to Silence takes the tension into a snowengulfed apocalyptic world centred around the character Ash, who attempts to rebuild his settlements while batting the elements and creatures known as the Eldritch.
In the search for survival materials, players must navigate a vast territory, in which they will encounter Eldritch monsters and an even greater foe: the unrelenting winter.
His surreal journey begins in the Philippines, takes him through the soul-devouring labor camps of Arabia, and ends at the peak of the mythical, eldritch Mount Gulsuk.
While Warrick primarily applies this assessment to The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, I feel it more appropriately describes The Cosmic Puppets.
Halfway to AMB Fest Day 1, featuring The Coils, The Eldritch Grimoire, Orinoco, Primal Enemy, 3 Banger and more: 5:30 p.m.
A deadpan revisionist Western, refracted through a Southern Gothic revenge tragedy, "The Death and Life of Strother Purcell" is an inherently compelling novel about two cursed brothers, a pair of eldritch orphans, the vexed nature of truth, and the yearnings of the treacherous human heart.
He's learning to interrogate the simultaneously eldritch, benign, and still-resonant tropes of suburban fiction: UFOs, bandits and law men, and, as he puts it, "the singer-songwriter." "You realize when you get older you're not represented in those ideas or in that world." With his solo music, he's repurposing exclusionary Americana for his own needs: no longer fey, folksy, or quaint, but bold, sun-baked, hinged on longing and self-examination.
It landed with a sickening thunk, as though each feather were a cord of wood, and overhead, the eldritch indoor squall ran dry.