Some languages, such as Sinhala, have a three-way split for demonstratives: close, distant within sight, distant out of sight.

We generally have a two-way split: close (this, these), distant (that, those).

We also have the rarely used word yonder meaning "distant but within sight". Is there a single word or an idiomatic phrase that means "distant and out of sight"? I found hinter as in hinterland, but that doesn't seem to be an independent word in English.

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    'Afar' or 'afar off' describes something that is towards or beyond the horizon in distance. – Nigel J Apr 10 '18 at 23:52
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    Alternatively, 'beyond the horizon' can be shortened to 'the beyond'. – Nigel J Apr 10 '18 at 23:58
  • I like @NigelJ suggestions of descriptions. If you were looking for alternatives for "this, these" and "that, those" .. "others" could be used ... while not precisely limited to distance I think it is a idomatic word reached to. "This beach is all sand, that beach in the next cove is pebbly, and others on the island are all rock" - it is more about vagueness of location than father location though .. "those further away" .. , while not a word, would clarify distance. 'further' can be used multiple ways. – Tom22 Apr 11 '18 at 0:05
  • @NigelJ - aye aye – lbf Apr 11 '18 at 0:11

beyond the horizon TFD

Farther than the possible limit of sight


Out of sight, out of mind

Over the hills and far away

Obscured? Does not imply distant.

  • What happens in Vegas ;) – Hecatonchires Apr 11 '18 at 1:05
  • OP requests a single word, with a citation to defend your answer. – Bread Apr 11 '18 at 4:33

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