Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)
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Preternatural (Page: 1135)
Pre`ter*nat"u*ral (?; 135), a.
This vile and preternatural temper of mind. South.
Displaying 1 result(s) from the 1828 edition:
PRETERNAT''URAL, a. [L. proeter and natural.] Beyond what is natural, or different from what is natural; irregular. We call those events in the physical world preternatural, which are extraordinary, which are deemed to be beyond or without the ordinary course of things, and yet are not deemed miraculous; in distinction from events which are supernatural, which cannot be produced by physical laws or powers,and must therefore be produced by a direct exertion of omnipotence. We also apply the epithet to things uncommon or irregular; as a preternatural swelling; a preternatural pulse; a preternatural excitement or temper.