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- n. an incorporeal being believed to have powers to affect the course of human events
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The carnie was apparently a genuine old guy, not some supernatural being in disguise.
Felicita had never heard of any supernatural being but the saints and the blessed Personages; therefore she acknowledged their protection in her prayers, like the good girl she was.