preternatural

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj preternatural existing outside of or not in accordance with nature "find transcendental motives for sublunary action"-Aldous Huxley"
    • adj preternatural surpassing the ordinary or normal "Beyond his preternatural affability there is some acid and some steel" - George Will","his uncanny sense of direction"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Preternatural Beyond of different from what is natural, or according to the regular course of things, but not clearly supernatural or miraculous; strange; inexplicable; extraordinary; uncommon; irregular; abnormal; as, a preternatural appearance; a preternatural stillness; a preternatural presentation (in childbirth) or labor. "This vile and preternatural temper of mind."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • preternatural Being beyond what is natural, or different from what is natural; extraordinary: being out of the regular or natural course of things: distinguished from supernatural, being above nature, and unnatural, being contrary to nature.
    • preternatural Synonyms Miraculous, etc. See supernatural.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Preternatural prē-tėr-nat′ū-ral beyond what is natural: out of the regular course of things: extraordinary
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. preter + natural,

Usage

In literature:

In a vast vague circle of consciousness his mind seemed to sit in the centre and think with preternatural clearness.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
She marvelled at her own preternatural poise.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
Natt's drowsy eyes were preternaturally bright at that great moment.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
Here was the fitting scenery for tales of preternatural terror or fiendish crime.
"The International Magazine, Volume 2, No. 3, February, 1851" by Various
The superintendent went straight up to the lawyer, his large face preternaturally solemn.
"Simon" by J. Storer Clouston
A terror of the preternatural insight of youth made her turn her face away from Jenny's too critical eyes.
"Virginia" by Ellen Glasgow
In this manner the urine becomes preternaturally loaded.
"Intestinal Ills" by Alcinous Burton Jamison
All the time her ear seemed preternaturally attuned to that rising and waning sound without her chamber.
"The Girl from Sunset Ranch" by Amy Bell Marlowe
His senses were perhaps preternaturally sharpened, for he felt a sense of foreboding.
"Two Daring Young Patriots" by W. P. Shervill
On entering, I was struck with his preternatural appearance.
"Southern Literature From 1579-1895" by Louise Manly
The Commander of the picket looked preternaturally grave.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
The freckled-faced boy put on a preternaturally solemn expression and begged the pleasure of the first dance with Mary.
"Marjorie Dean" by Pauline Lester
It seemed to be at once preternaturally strong and preternaturally weak.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Her eyes became preternaturally bright and anxious.
"The Master Mummer" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
My preternatural Guide then placed himself before me, but in an altered female form.
"Bibliomania; or Book-Madness" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
There, lying back in a great luxurious armchair, was a preternaturally thin and sallow-faced man.
"Ralph on the Overland Express" by Allen Chapman
But he was satisfied that he had not slept; that on the contrary he had been preternaturally conscious throughout the long, eventful night.
"Historic Ghosts and Ghost Hunters" by H. Addington Bruce
All the letters have this preternatural solemnity, as if each was a study in style after the favorite Addisonian model.
"James Madison" by Sydney Howard Gay
This most uncalled-for burst of merriment has the effect of making Mr. Desmond preternaturally grave.
"Rossmoyne" by Unknown
He knew no way to avoid earthly harm save by being preternaturally silent, and Eugene saw this quickly.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
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In news:

Savant Daniel Tammet is one of fewer than 100 autistic people in the world with preternatural intellectual skills.
It's pretty unusual for the preternaturally sunny McClatchy CEO Gary Pruitt to be as testy as he's described herein.
Spellbound In this debut novel, a young girl's preternatural talent isn't enough to keep her family from unraveling.
Spellbound In this debut novel, a young girl's preternatural talent isn't enough to keep her family from unraveling.
Amarillo Slim, the pencil-slender, cornpone-spouting Texan who became poker's first superstar by overpowering opponents with charm, cunning and preternatural coolness, died on Sunday in Amarillo , Tex.
Cats aren't known for their intellectual prowess, but most possess a weird, preternatural intuition about trips to the veterinarian.
Blessed with an almost preternatural combination of strength, speed and flexibility, Oliva wisely decided to channel his efforts into Olympic -style weightlifting.
For episode 8 of The Look, host Laura Brown talks fashion and, most importantly, shoes, with her preternaturally pretty fellow Aussie Rose Byrne.
" Touch " is a preternatural drama where science and spirituality meet in which we are all interconnected.
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