preternatural


preternatural
adjective /ˌpriː.təˈnætʃ.əɹ.əl,ˌpri.tɚˈnætʃ.əɹ.əl/
a) Beyond or different from what is natural or according to the regular course of things; strange; inexplicable; extraordinary; abnormal.

Doubtless there has been some exaggeration in the picturesque and fanciful relations of the almost preternatural skill and cunning of the Indian, [...]

b) Having an existence outside of the natural world. In this sense, everything supernatural is also preternatural.

Macbeth is like a record of a preternatural and tragical event.


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Synonyms:
(as being aside from the ordinary course of nature, but not necessarily supernatural or miraculous), , , , , ,


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