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unearthly (adj) not of this world and therefore very strange and frightening.

An unearthly sound is a very strange sound, not like the usual wounds we hear, and therefore very frightening. An unearthly creature is not like any creature we wee in this world and therefore very strange and perhaps causing fear. Unearthly also means odd and inconvenient. An unearthly hour is not the usual time for any activity, but very late in the night or very early in the morning.

  • The unearthly cry in the stillness of the night frightened her. It was unlike any cry she had heard before and not of this earth. Hence her fear. But when she looked it was her little son trying to frighten her.
  • What she came across was the unearthly sight of a man eating a lion. As she screamed in fear she woke up and found out that it was a dream.
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