I need a word that describes something wholly different or strange, and I like the word "alien," which I think serves that purpose. However, I need a different form of the word. Here's an example sentence fragment:

The planet had a sense of complete alienity.

That's not a real word, I know, but I desperately wish it was. Is there another word I'm overlooking?

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    You might wait at least 24 hours before choosing an answer. This gives the whole world/globe of native English speakers a chance to see your question. And questions with an accepted answer are less likely to receive more answers. Oct 25 '17 at 1:20
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    Please include the research you’ve done. Questions that can be answered using commonly-available references are off-topic. Oct 25 '17 at 23:36
  • I'm using alienity myself. Reason being, it scans. Now and then when the language won't provide the word processor must.
    – dw green
    Jun 27 '19 at 22:50

alienness - the state of being alien

Source: Merriam Webster online dictionary

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    I feel like this one works, and saw it during my pre-question web search. However, it's a mouthful and not really phonetically pleasing to me. I guess I just enjoy saying "AY-lee-EHN-ihtee." I guess I'll have to use this one, though. Thanks!
    – Phlebas
    Oct 25 '17 at 0:43

How about otherness

the quality or state of being other or different


The planet had a sense of complete alienity.

The planet seemed completely alien.

Why use complicated words when simple ones will do?

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