1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of another world, especially a mystical or transcendental world: "The effect was dreamy, otherworldy" (Gioia Diliberto).
2. Devoted to the world of the mind; concerned with intellectual or imaginative things.
3. Concerned with an afterlife, especially when inattentive to the present.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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