(Latin: born, birth)
2. Etymology: from French puîné, "younger sibling", originally puisné, contraction of puis, "later" + né, "born".
From Gaius Cornelius Gallus, in his Elegies. May we say that this is equivalent to "One who cannot pick up an ant and wants to pick up an elephant will some day see his folly"? -From George Herzog, in his Jabo Proverbs.
2. A new development of interest or activity in something: The bookstores are enjoying a new renaissance in people buying and reading books more than ever before.
Because of the corona pandemic there has been a renaissance of people becoming more and more attracted to music and the arts in their homes.
James was wondering when there would be a new renascence of music by Elvis Presley.
2. Another term for Renaissance: The Renascence or "Renaissance" is the period in Europe at the end of the Middle Ages, a kind of cultural rebirth of literature, music, and learning.
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2. Characteristic of, or attributed to God or a deity: In some religions, people believe that there is a supernatural or spiritual being that affects the direction of human behavior or events.
3. Concerning something of a superlative degree; preternatural: In the film Teddy was watching there was a missile with supernatural speed.
4. A reference to, or attributed to ghosts, goblins, or other unearthly beings; eerie; occult: Mary had a book about supernatural and phantom-like beings moving around in dark places near people.
5. Referring to a being, place, object, occurrence, etc., considered as mysterious or of unearthly origin: Meg loved to see movies showing scary, mystic, and supernatural occurrences outside the natural order.
6. Descriptive of a behavior supposedly caused by the intervention of unearthly beings: A diviner or magician may have supernatural powers which many people believe in!
7. Denoting paranormal forces and the extrasensory plane of existence: The couple had a deep fear of the supernatural souls and apparitions when they walked by the cemetery.
2. The quality of a preternatural character or agency: Supernaturalism includes the powers of beings that go beyond natural forces and cannot be understood by people.
2. Relating to how something departs from what is considered usual or normal, especially so as to appear to transcend the laws of nature and attributed to an invisible agent, such as a ghost or spirit: The death of the mailman couldn't be explained at all and the doctors couldn't claifiy his departure from life at all, so it was defined as happening supernaturally by an apparition of his past.
2. Concerning the lack of being in accordance with a person's feelings or conduct: Clint was so unsure of being chairman at the meeting that his manners and bearing were totally unnatural and stiff.
2. Regarding how something is in disagreement with what is normal: The house on the corner was unnaturally painted black in contrast to all the other houses on the street.
The tree in Jim's yard was formed so unnaturally, it seemed to be artificial!