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1. A supernatural force believed to dwell in a person or sacred object.
2. Power; authority.

[Maori, integrity, charisma, prestige.]


1. (Anthropology & Ethnology) (in Polynesia, Melanesia, etc) a concept of a life force, believed to be seated in the head, and associated with high social status and ritual power
2. (Anthropology & Ethnology) any power achieved by ritual means; prestige; authority
[from Polynesian]


(ˈmɑ nɑ)

a supernatural force that may be transferred among objects or persons.
[1835–45; < Polynesian]
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noun (N.Z.) authority, influence, power, might, force, weight, strength, domination, sway, standing, status, importance, esteem, stature, eminence a leader of great mana and influence
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Some supernatural force drew Kitty's eyes to Anna's face.
The boundaries of personal influence it is impossible to fix, as persons are organs of moral or supernatural force.
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She soon comes face to face with a sinister supernatural force when she encounters a troubled teenager who used to live at the property.
Thelma's heightened emotional state manifests itself as a supernatural force.
A writer moves into a house where several people died and discovers old cine films of their demise, uncovering a supernatural force behind the tragedy.
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A boy in a truck stop encounters a supernatural force that threatens to destroy the world.
You play Harkyn, a human who sets out on a quest to stand against anapparently unstoppable supernatural force.
As they desperately search for a reason, they find they're up against a supernatural force.
Blowing the whistle he awakens a disturbing supernatural force.
On the other, it is the supernatural force that frequently excites the novel's protagonist, Mhendo, to fight against all kinds of tyranny.