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Friday, October 26, 2012

supernormal

\soo-per-NAWR-muhl\ , adjective;
1.
In excess of the normal or average: supernormal faculties; supernormal production.
2.
Lying beyond normal or natural powers of comprehension: supernormal intimations.
Quotes:
On the other hand, the voyager may also feel that he possesses supernormal powers of perception and movement, that he can perform miracles, extraordinary feats of bodily control, etc …
-- Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner, Richard Alpert, The Psychedelic Experience
The limbs twitched, the eyes gleamed, the blood-pressure appeared heightened, and there was a supernormal pinkness in the epidermis of the cheek.
-- P. G. Wodehouse, Summer Lightning
Origin:
Supernormal was first used in the 1860s. The prefix super- has a number of common senses. In this case, it is used in the sense of "an individual, thing, or property that exceeds customary norms or levels" as in superstar.
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