More about preternatural
Preternatural, “out of the ordinary course of nature,” comes from Medieval Latin praeternātūrālis, of the same meaning, which is based on the Latin phrase praeter nātūram, “beyond nature.” Praeter, “beyond,” is the comparative of prae, “before,” giving praeter the literal sense of “more before,” and it appears in English as the element preter- in words such as preterit (“gone beyond”). Nātūram is the direct object of nātūra, “nature, conditions of birth, quality,” which is based on the verb nāscī (stem nāt-), “to be born.” Nāscī, in turn, is the source of cognate, innate, nascent, native, prenatal, puny, renaissance, and the name Natalie. Preternatural was first recorded in English in the 1570s.
EXAMPLE OF PRETERNATURAL USED IN A SENTENCE
The artist had a preternatural knack for using color, texture, and shading to create haunting images.