Eldritch

Eldritch

ˈeldriCH

Adjective

  • Weird and sinister or ghostly.

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Example Sentences

“An eldritch screech woke me up, but it was just an owl in my backyard.” 

“The fog rolling in over the bay provided an eldritch atmosphere to our evening walk.” 

“New England is full of centuries-old homes that can have an eldritch feeling to them, especially if they haven’t been updated.”

Word Origin

Scots, early 16th century

Why this word?

Sci-fi, fantasy, and horror fans alike should file away this adjective in their linguistic memory banks. “Eldritch” is a Scots word likely related to “elf,” which stems from Old English and is related to the German “Alp,” meaning “nightmare.”

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