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un·can·ny

 (ŭn-kăn′ē)
adj. un·can·ni·er, un·can·ni·est
Mysterious or impossible to explain, especially when causing uneasiness or astonishment. See Synonyms at weird.

[un- + canny, fortunate, safe (obsolete).]

un·can′ni·ly adv.
un·can′ni·ness n.
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uncanny

(ʌnˈkænɪ)
adj
1. characterized by apparently supernatural wonder, horror, etc
2. beyond what is normal or expected: an uncanny accuracy.
unˈcannily adv
unˈcanniness n
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un•can•ny

(ʌnˈkæn i)

adj.
1. having or seeming to have a supernatural or inexplicable basis; extraordinary: uncanny accuracy; an uncanny knack of spotting an opportunity.
2. mysterious; arousing fear or dread: Uncanny sounds filled the house.
[1590–1600]
un•can′ni•ly, adv.
un•can′ni•ness, n.
syn: See weird.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.uncanny - suggesting the operation of supernatural influencesuncanny - 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"
2.uncanny - surpassing the ordinary or normal; "Beyond his preternatural affability there is some acid and some steel" - George Will; "his uncanny sense of direction"
extraordinary - beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable; "extraordinary authority"; "an extraordinary achievement"; "her extraordinary beauty"; "enjoyed extraordinary popularity"; "an extraordinary capacity for work"; "an extraordinary session of the legislature"
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uncanny

adjective
1. weird, strange, mysterious, queer, unearthly, eerie, supernatural, unnatural, spooky (informal), creepy (informal), eldritch (poetic), preternatural I had this uncanny feeling that Alice was warning me.
2. extraordinary, remarkable, incredible, unusual, fantastic, astonishing, exceptional, astounding, singular, miraculous, unheard-of, prodigious The hero bears an uncanny resemblance to Kirk Douglas.
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uncanny

adjective
Of a mysteriously strange and usually frightening nature:
Informal: spooky.
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Translations
شاذ، غَريبغَرِيب
podivnýzvláštní
forbløffendeuhyggelig
outohämmästyttävä
sablastan
dularfullurkynleguróhugnanleguróhugnanlegur, kynlegurundarlegur
薄気味悪い
신비로운
nejaukiai
mistiskssavāds
kuslig
แปลกจนไม่สามารถอธิบายได้
kì lạ

uncanny

[ʌnˈkænɪ] ADJ (uncannier (compar) (uncanniest (superl))) (= peculiar) → raro, extraño; (= ghostly) → misterioso
it's quite uncannyes extraordinario
it's uncanny how he does itno llego a comprender cómo lo hace
an uncanny resemblanceun asombroso parecido
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

uncanny

[ˌʌnˈkæni] adj [knack, ability, feeling, silence] → étrange; [resemblance] → étrange before n, troublant(e); [accuracy] → troublant(e)
He has an uncanny knack of being in the right place at the right time → Il a vraiment le chic pour être au bon endroit au bon moment., Il a ce don étrange d'être toujours au bon endroit au bon moment.
It's uncanny! → C'est troublant!
to bear an uncanny resemblance to sb → ressembler étrangement à qnuncared for [ʌnˈkɛərdfɔːr] adj
(= neglected) [person] → délaissé(e); [building, plant] → à l'abandon
(= unloved) → en mal d'amour
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

uncanny

adjunheimlich; it’s quite uncannydas ist geradezu unheimlich; to bear an uncanny resemblance to somebodyjdm auf unheimliche Weise ähnlich sehen
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uncanny

[ʌnˈkænɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (knack, resemblance) → sconcertante; (sound, silence) → strano/a, inquietante
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

uncanny

(anˈkӕni) adjective
strange or mysterious. She looks so like her sister that it's quite uncanny.
unˈcannily adverb
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.

uncanny

غَرِيب podivný forbløffende unheimlich μυστηριώδης asombroso outo étrange sablastan inquietante 薄気味悪い 신비로운 griezelig uhyggelig osobliwy estranho сверхъестественный kuslig แปลกจนไม่สามารถอธิบายได้ tekinsiz kì lạ 离奇的
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References in classic literature ?
"Ah, now I see how it is you know Shakespeare and everything, and have learned so much since you left school; which always seemed to me witchcraft before,--part of your general uncanniness," said Lucy.
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In order to explain this ambivalence of learning, Heidegger's concept of being at home and the anxiety (Angst) provoked by the feeling of uncanniness, together with Dewey's idea of education as growth and direction are specially emphasized.
The uncanniness of a scene where Johansson walks through a Glaswegian shopping centre for instance, resides in the way a cinematic viewer, who knows that it is Johansson, watches a public who does not see her.
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Over the past dozen years, Alex Da Corte has developed a highly distinctive practice, one focused primarily on fashioning (and/or refashioning) overripe bits of commodity culture and then putting conceptual pressure on them until whatever uncanniness they contain starts leaking out.
Why is it that in the field of literary writing, climate change is somehow akin to "extra-terrestrials or interplanetary travel?" He wrestles with this thought of imaginative failure by calling out descriptive words associated with climate change like "improbable," "exceptionally unlikely," "a contrivance of the last resort," and finally lands on the least aggressive of the lot "uncanny." He, however, admits that environmentally uncanny is not similar to the uncanniness of the supernatural, which has found acceptance in the works of Charles Dickens, Henry James, and the likes.
Their uncanniness tells us "we are not there yet"--there being the point when the rendered avatar will feel indistinguishable from a "meatspace" person, to use the derogatory VR term for physical reality.
This homemaking and reconstruction holds subversive potential from its very (Freudian) uncanniness: "In exile the woman rejects her role as representation of home/the mother's body to male desire and so is a threat to patriarchy as well as to the state" (273).