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1‘the life of a battery hen is completely unnatural’
abnormal, unusual, uncommon, extraordinary, strange, freakish, freak, queer, odd, peculiar, weird, unorthodox, exceptional, irregular, atypical, untypical, non-typical, anomalous, divergent, aberrant, bizarre, preternatural
2‘the tractor passed in a flash of unnatural colour’
artificial, man-made, synthetic, manufactured, fabricated, fake, false, faux, simulated, not existing in nature, not found in nature
3‘he was beheaded for unnatural vice’
perverted, warped, twisted, deviant, depraved, degenerate, bestial, unhealthy, immoral, abnormal, decadent
informal kinky, pervy, sick, sicko
4‘her voice sounded unnatural’
affected, artificial, stilted, self-conscious, contrived, forced, laboured, studied, strained, stiff, wooden
assumed, feigned, false, bogus, fake, insincere, pretended, unspontaneous, theatrical, stagy, mannered, pretentious
informal put on, phoney
5‘they condemned her as an unnatural woman’
uncaring, unconcerned, unfeeling, inhuman, soulless, heartless, cold, cold-blooded, hard, hard-hearted, callous, cruel, brutal, merciless, pitiless, remorseless, inhumane, evil, wicked, monstrous
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