preternaturally


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pre·ter·nat·u·ral

 (prē′tər-năch′ər-əl, -năch′rəl)
adj.
1. Surpassing what is normal or usual; extraordinary: "Below his preternatural affability there is some acid and steel" (George F. Will).
2. Transcending the natural or material order; supernatural.

[Medieval Latin praeternātūrālis, from Latin praeter nātūrām, beyond nature : praeter, beyond; see preterite + nātūra, nature; see nature.]

pre′ter·nat′u·ral·ism n.
pre′ter·nat′u·ral·ly adv.
pre′ter·nat′u·ral·ness n.
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Adv.1.preternaturally - in a supernatural manner; "she was preternaturally beautiful"
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preternaturally

[ˌpriːtəˈnætʃrəlɪ] ADV (frm) → preternaturalmente

preternaturally

[ˌpriːtərˈnætʃərəli] adv [sensitive, bright, beautiful] → prodigieusement
preternaturally youthful → d'une prodigieuse jeunesse
preternaturally quiet
It was suddenly preternaturally quiet → Il régnait tout à coup un calme quasi surnaturel.

preternaturally

advübernatürlich, außergewöhnlich, unheimlich; it was suddenly preternaturally quietplötzlich war es unheimlich still
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His face was preternaturally pale; so deadly white, indeed, that, through all the glimmering indistinctness of the passageway, Hepzibah could discern his features, as if a light fell on them alone.
Her mind, and especially her memory, was preternaturally active, and kept bringing up other scenes than this roughly hewn street of a little town, on the edge of the western wilderness: other faces than were louring upon her from beneath the brims of those steeple-crowned hats.
They were at this period extravagantly and preternaturally fond of me; which, after all, I could reflect, was no more than a graceful response in children perpetually bowed over and hugged.
I incautiously gave the account aloud, and she heard me; for she started up - her hair flying over her shoulders, her eyes flashing, the muscles of her neck and arms standing out preternaturally.
In that darkling calm my senses seemed preternaturally sharpened.
It was like a preternaturally heightened sense of hearing, making audible to one a roar of sound where others find perfect stillness.
His brain became preternaturally alert, so that when, rounding a corner, he perceived entering the main road from a side-street in front of him a small knot of pedestrians, he did not waver, but was seized with a keen spasm of presence of mind.
As usual after dinner he was slightly feverish, and his thoughts were preternaturally clear.
He was so preternaturally smart in his dress, and so incomprehensibly anxious (while my husband was in the way) to make us understand that his reasons for visiting Paris were holiday reasons only, that I at once suspected him of having crossed the Channel in a double character--say, as tourist in search of pleasure, when third persons were present; as ambassador from Mr.
THE STORY GIRL, WITH A PRETERNATURALLY SOLEMN FACE:--"You shouldn't criticize Peter's story like that.
But her eyes - I must not forget those remarkable features, for therein her chief attraction lay - in outward aspect at least; - they were long and narrow in shape, the irids black, or very dark brown, the expression various, and ever changing, but always either preternaturally - I had almost said diabolically - wicked, or irresistibly bewitching - often both.
The popular conception of instinct errs by imagining it to be infallible and preternaturally wise, as well as incapable of modification.