Definition of preternatural in English:

preternatural

(also praeternatural)

adjective

  • Beyond what is normal or natural.

    ‘autumn had arrived with preternatural speed’
    • ‘And for a few brief minutes the skies opened and sunlight streamed down from above, lighting the lake from within, giving the jellyfish a preternatural glow.’
    • ‘Politicians, pollsters and the public have begun to see the issues of morality and leadership collide rather than converge, leading to contradictory and sometimes preternatural election results.’
    • ‘The preternatural and superior order of the spiritual body over natural bodies is again introduced in Poem 33, which describes the claritas or divine lustre of the resurrected body.’
    • ‘But more than anything else, I heard expressions of awe at the president's preternatural certainty and wonderment about its source.’
    • ‘Abruptly, Beth and the other vampire joined the fray, fighting with teeth as well as preternatural speed and strength.’
    • ‘The assistant moves with preternatural delicacy, and speed, and soon the ant is seated.’
    • ‘Having recently met a young Englishman of preternatural charm and physique, I surmised (perhaps wrongly) that after a day in the country together, I had managed to engender his affections.’
    • ‘Comic books showed avenging women with preternatural physical power: villains or heroes, depending on one's perspective.’
    • ‘Harte's stories, in their matter-of-fact referencing of the preternatural and supernatural, and in their blending of the fantastic and the mundane may be seen as affiliates of Magic Realism.’
    • ‘A spray of green leaves embodies and radiates light against the relatively flat and abstracted background of a blooming meadow; shadows on the brocade reverberate with preternatural energy.’
    • ‘None of that, however, mitigates the fact that I was a very good hunter - I'm still a good shot - with preternatural hearing and a kind of instinct for finding the animals.’
    • ‘And truly, the lack of coverage by the world's most powerful media outlets and the fact that all guests are sworn to secrecy gives the whole conference a preternatural aura.’
    • ‘I've mentioned before, the strange - to my way of thinking, preternatural - coincidences that often occur.’
    • ‘Perhaps we would do well to resist our acquired, self-conscious tendencies, to test our skills at preternatural listening to the rich multitude of stories issuing from the matrix of hurricanes.’
    • ‘Where others at this point in their careers find themselves trapped by decades of expectations, Cale's strength has never been the vitality of youth, but rather a preternatural maturity.’
    • ‘The daguerreotype process often led to images of preternatural clarity and precision; they must have seemed miraculous in the 1840s.’
    • ‘She had the preternatural ability to be alluring and icy at the same time; she could change emotional colors with magnificent yet subtle clarity.’
    • ‘All it takes is a preternatural sense of musical trends and history, a cunning knack for timing, and the willingness to completely reinvent yourself.’
    • ‘Her eyes were actually glowing with their own otherworldly light, and her hair seemed to be floating around her as if a strange preternatural wind was playing with it, toying with the silky tendrils.’
    • ‘In those works, skies and landscapes seem filled with portents, animals convey a preternatural awareness, and lurid light touches everything with strange glamour.’
    extraordinary, out of the ordinary, exceptional, unusual, uncommon, rare, singular, signal, peculiar, unprecedented, outstanding, remarkable, phenomenal, abnormal, anomalous, inexplicable, unaccountable
    supernatural, paranormal, mystical, unearthly, unworldly, other-worldly, fantastic, magical, prodigious, wonderful, wondrous, miraculous
    strange, mysterious, odd, weird
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Pronunciation:

preternatural

/ˌpriːtəˈnatʃ(ə)r(ə)l/