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Feb 17, 2015
This week’s theme
Words made with combining forms

This week’s words
frankenfood
preternatural
logomaniac
parthenogenesis
bryology

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preternatural

PRONUNCIATION:
(pree/pri-tuhr-NACH-uh-ruhl)

MEANING:
adjective: Beyond what is natural or normal.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin praeter- (beyond, past) + naturam (nature). Earliest documented use: 1580.

USAGE:
“Ms. Yousafzai made a rapid recovery, and quickly drowned out her critics with her preternatural poise and speaking skills.”
Declan Walsh; Two Champions of Children Are Given Nobel Peace Prize; The New York Times; Oct 10, 2014.

See more usage examples of preternatural in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Time is the fairest and toughest judge. -Edgar Quinet, historian (17 Feb 1803-1875)

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