Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Uncertain origin but possibly Scottish, early 16th century
Weird and sinister or ghostly.
Examples of Eldritch in a sentence
"The abandoned house had a creaky, eldritch aura to it."
"My mother loves eldritch movies that leave you feeling jumpy."
Popularity Over Time
This word is possibly related to “elf,” which stems from Old English and is related to German “Alp,” meaning “nightmare.” It has been compared to the Scottish variant “elphrish.”
Did you Know?
Diehard Dungeons & Dragons fans might appreciate the “Eldritch Blast.” It’s described on dndbeyond.com as such: “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.” There is a Reddit thread that claims Eldritch Blast might be the most overpowered cantrip, questioning its true effectiveness compared to other spells.