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Word of the Day 05/19/16 Eldritch

Eldritch (adjective)
eldritch [el-drich]


adjective
1. eerie; weird; spooky.

Also, elritch.


Origin: 1500-10; earlier elrich, equivalent to Old English el- foreign, strange, uncanny (see else ) + rīce kingdom (see rich ); hence “of a strange country, pertaining to the Otherworld”; compare Old English ellende in a foreign land, exiled (cognate with German Elend penury, distress), Runic Norse alja-marki r foreigner

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