In old age he was a mere skeleton, with a long nose and eyes of preternatural brilliancy peering out of his wig.
a being who has not yet shed the slough of an animal shape, but combines the powers - natural and preternatural - of some animal with those of a man.
preternatural ability lets us distinguish religious charlatans from genuine religious people who seek truth and meaning through religion.
preternatural agencies are ruled out as a matter of course.
preternatural combustibility, " not the supposed spontaneity, that is the odd feature.