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Word of the day: Eldritch



Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Scots, early 16th century

Weird and sinister or ghostly.

Examples of eldritch in a sentence

"The abandoned house had a creaky, eldritch aura about it."

"My mother loves watching eldritch movies that leave her feeling jumpy."

About Eldritch

This word is possibly related to “elf,” which stems from Old English and is related to the German “Alp,” meaning “nightmare.” It also has been compared to the Scottish variant “elphrish.”

Did you Know?

Dungeons & Dragons fans should appreciate the “Eldritch Blast” as described on “A beam of crackling energy streaks toward a creature within range. Make a ranged spell attack against the target. The spell creates more than one beam when you reach higher levels.” This D&D spell lives up to the reputation of its “weird and sinister” moniker.

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