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  • adv. In an unnatural manner

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In an unnatural manner; in opposition to natural feelings and sentiments.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. not according to nature; not by natural means
  • adv. in a manner at variance with what is natural or normal
  • adv. in an unnatural way


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  • The sandwich (by itself an obscenity), slathered in unnaturally ultra-white mayonnaise, is floating in the air directly across from the disturbingly pale profile of a young, gape-mouthed woman who looks frightened to death of the manly meat.

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  • When she looked at him fully, his expression seemed unnaturally somber.

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  • And I think what happens is that orphanage kids and I think, by the way, they develop great strengths, too - but I think that they begin to feel a little bit, you know, they lose a little bit of that lose a little bit of their childhood that way in that they feel kind of unnaturally responsible for their own survival at a very early age.

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  • Saber-rattling Western trade negotiators frequently focus their attention on the "unnaturally" depressed exchange rates of countries such as China, and this is a component of the structural advantage to which I refer.

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  • The state Department of Game and Inland Fisheries says the ban is intended to curb the negative consequences of feeding deer, such as unnaturally increasing population numbers.

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  • But realize that you're adding it to make food taste "unnaturally" good.

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  • As would presuming its inventor would be so inept as to require special levers and hidden cranks to "unnaturally" make the invention work.

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  • So economics does play a role, but there are other factors as well, that are skewing things "unnaturally".

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  • Using the church's own logic you have to conclude that people are being kept alive "unnaturally" by technology because it denies them the right to a "natural" death.

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  • The bumptious king adores Becket - perhaps "unnaturally" so, according to his scolding mother - and trusts him without reservation.

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  • I rang a bell and a large soft man oozed out from behind a wall and smiled at me with moist soft lips and bluish-white teeth and unnaturally bright eyes.

    --Raymond Chandler, 1949, The Little Sister, chapter 34

    September 5, 2009