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ʌnˈkæn iun·can·ny

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. eldritch, weird, uncanny, unearthlyadjective

    suggesting the operation of supernatural influences

    "an eldritch screech"; "the three weird sisters"; "stumps...had uncanny shapes as of monstrous creatures"- John Galsworthy; "an unearthly light"; "he could hear the unearthly scream of some curlew piercing the din"- Henry Kingsley

  2. preternatural, uncannyadjective

    surpassing the ordinary or normal

    "Beyond his preternatural affability there is some acid and some steel" - George Will; "his uncanny sense of direction"

Wiktionary

  1. uncannyadjective

    strange, and mysteriously unsettling (as if supernatural); weird

    He bore an uncanny resemblance to the dead sailor.

    Etymology: From ; thus “beyond one′s ken,” or outside one′s familiar knowledge or perceptions.

  2. uncannyadjective

    Careless.

    Etymology: From ; thus “beyond one′s ken,” or outside one′s familiar knowledge or perceptions.

  3. uncannyadjective

    Simultaneously familiar and foreign, often uncomfortably so; translation of Freud's German unheimlich ("no longer secret").

    Etymology: From ; thus “beyond one′s ken,” or outside one′s familiar knowledge or perceptions.

Wikipedia

  1. Uncanny

    The uncanny is the psychological experience of something as strangely familiar, rather than simply mysterious. It may describe incidents where a familiar thing or event is encountered in an unsettling, eerie, or taboo context.Ernst Jentsch set out the concept of the uncanny which Sigmund Freud elaborated on in his 1919 essay Das Unheimliche, which explores the eeriness of dolls and waxworks. For Freud, the uncanny locates the strangeness in the ordinary. Expanding on the idea, psychoanalytic theorist Jacques Lacan wrote that the uncanny places us "in the field where we do not know how to distinguish bad and good, pleasure from displeasure", resulting in an irreducible anxiety that gestures to the Real. The concept has since been taken up by a variety of thinkers and theorists such as roboticist Masahiro Mori's uncanny valley and Julia Kristeva's concept of abjection.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Uncannyadjective

    not canny; unsafe; strange; weird; ghostly

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Uncanny

    un-kan′i, adj. weird: unearthly: supposed to possess supernatural powers: dangerous, severe.—adv. Uncann′ily.—n. Uncann′iness.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of uncanny in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of uncanny in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of uncanny in a Sentence

  1. Chris Heffron:

    Rose has this uncanny ability to have her finger on the pulse of what people should see but also what media consumers should look out for, she is a great shepherd through all the garbage out there.

  2. Alex Falkingham:

    Andrea’s joyful energy brought smiles, happiness and laughter to everyone who was privileged to work with her and call her a friend, she had an uncanny ability to make any room she walked into a more positive place, with laughter filing the room.

  3. Yoshinori Mizutani:

    I had an uncanny feeling when I first saw them, i decided to work on 'Tokyo Parrots,' a project that captures a surreal and extraordinary urban landscape.

  4. Nargiz Aliyeva:

    To fully comprehend the term 'love', you have to imagine, to suppress the possible boundaries visible to a naked eye. Because love is - uncanny.

  5. Ray Attrill:

    The relationship between the size of the Fed's balance sheet, now some 11% bigger than where it was in late September, and the performance of U.S. risk assets is uncanny.

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    (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy
    • A. askant
    • B. bristly
    • C. currish
    • D. lacerate

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