Origin of preternatural
Examples from the Web for preternatural
He presided over the preternatural creation of 30 million new jobs—and the sharpest rise in median incomes in a generation.
There is an automatism to him, a preternatural talent for responding exactly, and briskly, with what is expected.
Schwarzenegger is adept at disguising his true feelings beneath a mask of preternatural calm, but he was suddenly doubly alert.
At this point seven faces, like those of the Seven Sleepers, gradually elongated into preternatural extent.The Uncollected Writings of Thomas de Quincey, Vol. 2|Thomas de Quincey
His lordship had paled a little, and there was about the lines of his mouth a look of preternatural gravity.The Lion's Skin|Rafael Sabatini
The quiet of Benares during this period was remarkable—I might almost say preternatural.Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877|James Kennedy
His great face was yellow and seemed in that moment of a preternatural flabbiness; his beady eyes were beadier than ever.Captain Blood|Rafael Sabatini
Means less than preternatural would not furnish a conveyance for this treasure.Edgar Huntley|Charles Brockden Brown
British Dictionary definitions for preternatural
Word Origin for preternatural
Word Origin and History for preternatural
1570s, from Medieval Latin preternaturalis (mid-13c.), from Latin phrase praeter naturam (praeterque fatum) "beyond nature (and beyond fate)," from praeter "beyond" (see preterite) + accusative of natura "nature" (see natural).