uncanny

Exam frequency

GRE

medium

Banks

high

Civil Services

high

Meaning(s)

strange or mysterious

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uncanny - strange

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Something described as being ‘uncanny’ goes beyond what is normal or expected, making it difficult or impossible to explain. In that way, it can also be associated with the supernatural. The most common usage of the term is to denote something, such as a resemblance or ability, that is unusual in an unsettling way.

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Synonyms bizarre,preternatural
Antonyms typical,customary,unexceptional

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  1. Stephen looks so much like Will that they could be brothers. The resemblance is uncanny.

  2. Lisa has an uncanny ability to read people. That’s why she’s such a great salesperson.

  3. The plot of the old novel is uncannily similar to the situation we are experiencing in the present.

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