eldritch

Eldritch things are spooky and weird — they make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.

If you're reading a horror or fantasy story, you may see the word eldritch, which means uncanny, unearthly, and weird in a supernatural way. Anything a witch does is eldritch. Goblins and elves are eldritch creatures. A story full of ghosts and strange monsters is full of eldritch elements. You won't find much that's eldritch in a story about lawyers or doctors. Those kinds of stories are more realistic.

Definitions of eldritch
  1. adjective
    suggesting the operation of supernatural influences
    “an eldritch screech”
    synonyms: uncanny, unearthly, weird
    supernatural
    not existing in nature or subject to explanation according to natural laws; not physical or material
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