Synonyms for preternaturalˌpri tərˈnætʃ ər əl, -ˈnætʃ rəl
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surpassing the ordinary or normal
"Beyond his preternatural affability there is some acid and some steel" - George Will; "his uncanny sense of direction"
nonnatural, otherworldly, preternatural, transcendental(adj)
existing outside of or not in accordance with nature
"find transcendental motives for sublunary action"-Aldous Huxley
preternatural(adjective)Beyond or different from what is natural or according to the regular course of things; strange; inexplicable; extraordinary; abnormal.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
The supernatural (super, above) is above or superior to the recognized powers of nature; the preternatural (preter, beyond) is aside from or beyond the recognized results or operations of natural law, often in the sense of inauspicious; as, a preternatural gloom. Miraculous is more emphatic and specific than supernatural, as referring to the direct personal intervention of divine power. Some hold that a miracle, as the raising of the dead, is a direct suspension and even violation of natural laws by the fiat of the Creator, and hence is, in the strictest sense, supernatural; others hold that the miracle is simply the calling forth of a power residing in the laws of nature, but not within their ordinary operation, and dependent on a distinct act of God, so that the miraculous might be termed "extranatural," rather than supernatural. All that is beyond human power is superhuman; as, prophecy gives evidence of superhuman knowledge; the word is sometimes applied to remarkable manifestations of human power, surpassing all that is ordinary.
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