So I don’t really know how I suddenly decided to use otherworldly words for this wondrous words post. Maybe, well, most likely, the influence of the season, with the beautiful festivals of Dussehra and Diwali based on epics and full of supernatural heroes and mythical stories behind me; and the very spooky, witchy, mystical, supernatural Halloween ahead of me. Anyways, somehow I ended up with the idea of putting together a list of other-wordly otherworldly words today.
I will use another day, another post for other-wordly words – those words that are so beautiful, so unique, that we need to use them more often (like a few I featured in last week’s post here). However, today’s post is keeping in theme with the supernatural, mythical, mysterious, spooky, and other similar things; which means I have an alphabetic list of
Otherworldly Words For You
The word otherworldly itself is defined as relating to an imaginary or spiritual world, or unworldly.
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While I am not sure if you might agree with the inclusion of some of these words, I have them here anyways since it seemed to me that they somehow, somewhere fit the mold of such words. And though I did not intend it to be so, it became an abcderian list of otherworldly words!!
Otherworldly Words: A through H
- asomatous (adj): without a material body; incorporeal
- brocken spectre (German – n): is the magnified (and apparently enormous) shadow of an observer cast in mid air upon any type of cloud opposite to a strong light source, sometimes accompanied by a halo or rainbow around it. (featured in the pin image)
- chimerical (adj): (of a mythical animal) formed from parts of various animals; hoped for but illusory or impossible to achieve.
- dadirri (Australian Aboriginal): A deep, spiritual act of reflective and respectful listening
- eldritch (n): weird and sinister or ghostly
- ferly (n): a wonder; something strange or marvelous
- ghostly (adj): of or like a ghost in appearance or sound; eerie and unnatural
- hobgoblin (n): (in mythology and fairy tales) a mischievous imp or sprite
And More Otherworldly Words from I through Q
- incorporeal (n): not composed of matter; having no material or physical existence
- Jovian (adj): (in Roman mythology) of or like the god Jove (or Jupiter); (n): a fictional inhabitant of the planet Jupiter
- kalopsia (n): the delusion of things being more beautiful than they really are
- lofty (adj): of a noble or exalted nature
- mystical (adj): relating to mysticism; transcending human understanding
- numinous (adj): having a strong religious or spiritual quality; indicating or suggesting the presence of a divinity
- oneirataxia (n): inability to differentiate between dreams and reality
- phantasmagoria (n): a sequence of real or imaginary images like those seen in a dream
- quixotic (adj): exceedingly idealistic; unrealistic and impractical
Then the Rest of Them: From R through Z
- rapturous (adj): a mystical experience in which the spirit is exalted to a knowledge of divine things
- spectral (adj): of or like a ghost
- transcendental (adj): relating to a spiritual or nonphysical realm
- uncanny (adj): eerie, mysterious; being beyond normal; seeming to have a supernatural origin
- vaporous (adj): ethereal
- wraith (n): a ghost or ghostlike image of someone
- xenoglossia (n): the strange ability to speak in a language which the individual has not learned
- yugen (Japanese – n): suggests something beyond what can be said but not an allusion to another world; a profound, mysterious sense of the beauty of the universe
- zombie (n): the supernatural power that according to voodoo belief may enter into and reanimate a dead body
Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered, or spotlight words you love. Feel free to get creative! It was first created by Kathy over at Bermuda Onion and is now hosted at Elza Reads.
I chanced upon this read when I was looking up cool words to share for this post; though this one does not contain otherworldly words like in my post (though you might find some – kind-of), these are words we certainly would love to hear and say and read more than we do currently.
Get this beautiful read here; and yes, the artwork is so very worth it too.
Some more related reads:
And Now, the End of This Post
Dear reader, which word appeals most to you? If you had to replace any of these words with another one for that letter, which one would it be, and what would you replace it with? What is your favorite otherworldly word – on this list or elsewhere? Share them with me here along with your thoughts on this post.