praeternatural love

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  • Society seemed less prepared to embrace the praeternatural (perhaps due to the success of The X-Files, Buffy et al normalising them?) and Halloween became a non-event.

    Thoughts at 90 miles an hour « Write Anything

  • It is my design to show you, first, that the thing might possibly have been accomplished: — but, secondly and chiefly, I wish to impress upon your understanding the very extraordinary — the almost praeternatural character of that agility which could have accomplished it.

    The Murders in the Rue Morgue

  • It is not too much to say that neither of us believe in praeternatural events.

    The Murders in the Rue Morgue

  • The friars of other convents, not quite so hungry, crowding down to the beach, declared it should not be eaten; dropped some hints about the possibility of its being something praeternatural and diabolical, and even proposed exorcisms and aspersions with holy water.

    Travels through France and Italy

  • He appeared with a ludicrous stare, from which he had discharged all meaning: he adopted the impressions of fear and amazement so naturally, that many of the audience were infected by his looks; but when the skeleton held him in chace his horror became most divertingly picturesque, and seemed to endow him with such praeternatural agility as confounded all the spectators.

    The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

  • She stood up, tottered on her feet, and the praeternatural stillness was suddenly broken by the wild and savage cries of the priest, who had rushed from his church and was now wheeling and spinning, his arms raised to the heavens, his eyes flashing through the grime of his face, not imploring the deity to desist, as Pelagia at first supposed, but berating him.

    Captain Corelli's Mandolin

  • Nepenthe who still remained in ignorance of all these praeternatural occurrences.

    South Wind

  • He would have to be a person of praeternatural patriotic sensibilities who could fall into an emotional state by reason of the national prestige of such a coalition commonwealth as would be made up, e.g., of the French and English-speaking peoples, together with those other neutrally and peaceably inclined European communities that are of a sufficiently mature order to have abjured dynastic ambitions of dominion, and perhaps including the Chinese people as well.

    An Inquiry Into The Nature Of Peace And The Terms Of Its Perpetuation

  • The burghers doffed when he passed; and scampish leather-draggled urchins gazed after him with praeternatural respect on their hanging chins, as if a gold-mine of great girth had walked through the awe-struck game.

    Complete Short Works of George Meredith

  • It is my design to show you first, that the thing might possibly have been accomplished: -- but, secondly and chiefly, I wish to impress upon your understanding the very extraordinary -- the almost praeternatural character of that agility which could have accomplished it.

    The Murders in the Rue Morgue

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  • I prefer this spelling, i.e. praeter-, to preternatural. I am dismayed that it is not even included as an alternative spelling in the OED. Does anyone agree with me? Preternatural.

    March 13, 2009