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  • 1Contrary to the ordinary course of nature; abnormal.

    ‘death by unnatural causes’
    • ‘Bringing a tree into a house and covering it with trinkets is, of course, an unnatural act.’
    • ‘A glance at any science text tells us that monogamy is utterly unnatural, unless of course you're a swan.’
    • ‘It was, of course, a completely unnatural oddity of physics, but the Weak Hole in particular was worse than your average black hole.’
    • ‘She always knew she was slightly abnormal, but this wasn't abnormal it was unnatural.’
    • ‘That's three out of four women who are then painted as being abnormal, unnatural and dysfunctional.’
    • ‘There are so many of us, like one in ten, that we can't be even called abnormal or unnatural.’
    • ‘In such a prescription there will be violence, and any violence is unnatural, abnormal, criminal.’
    • ‘Sexual perversion is usually implicitly assumed to mean some kind of unnatural, abnormal form of sexual behaviour.’
    • ‘The people who were waiting for him were caught in acts of lust, having unnatural and abnormal sex and worshipping false gods.’
    • ‘It's an unnatural construct that Nature keeps pulling down, but which Man keeps restoring and maintaining.’
    • ‘Do we want to force nature to produce unnatural products and yields in an attempt to sustain our unsustainable lifestyles?’
    • ‘These fabulous characters use their extraordinary and unnatural physical and psychic powers on the side of either good or evil.’
    • ‘This is not something she considers unnatural, or even uncommon.’
    • ‘He claims to be being completely truthful, despite the interviewer's disbelief and the fact that his face has changed in strange and unnatural ways.’
    • ‘It may look strange and unnatural but, after all, this is a pixilated character we are trying to copy here!’
    • ‘This unnatural act unhinged a stranger sitting next to me who looked on in amazement as he passed the same bus stop he had stood at five minutes previously.’
    • ‘If so, we are dealing with an unusually illogical and unnatural mindset.’
    • ‘Each is presented as an unnatural detachment from ordinary emotions: erotic love, love of country.’
    • ‘And that, of course, is foolish, unwise, and unnatural.’
    • ‘What causes stress but doing something unnatural to human nature, to humankind?’
    abnormal, unusual, uncommon, extraordinary, strange, freakish, freak, queer, odd, peculiar, weird, unorthodox, exceptional, irregular, atypical, untypical, non-typical, anomalous, divergent, aberrant, bizarre, preternatural
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    1. 1.1Not existing in nature; artificial.
      ‘the artificial turf looks an unnatural green’
      • ‘The setup is unnatural and artificial, but the emotion within the situation is very real - like a beam of light in a house of mirrors, the emotion is intensified.’
      • ‘Genuine emotions of family attachment can never be expected to spring in such an artificial, unnatural environment.’
      • ‘Light shone around her, constant, as constant as daylight, but infinitely harsher; it was unnatural, artificial.’
      • ‘Replication only occurred in highly artificial, unnatural conditions.’
      • ‘The largest body of water in the state is actually Lake Sakakawea but it is artificial and thus unnatural.’
      • ‘And they all held the unnatural bright green of early spring.’
      • ‘Venom began to glow an unnatural green color as the room seemed to darken and time slowed as Bloodlust joined her sister with her own inhuman red illumination.’
      • ‘It was wheat bread with unnatural green shrubs inside.’
      • ‘I took them off, glad to be rid of the unnatural green tone.’
      • ‘There were dozens of glow-in-the-dark stars throbbing there, throwing their unnatural green light down to her.’
      • ‘The figure was human in appearance, though his hair was long and flowed in the gentle waves of the water, and was the unnatural shade of green.’
      • ‘Equally allusive is his palette, which, despite being dominated by green, looks completely unnatural.’
      • ‘Merino wool is another natural fabric that can feature no added synthetics or unnatural colours.’
      • ‘Soft and unnatural synthetic bristles are best; natural bristles are more porous and tend to harbor oral bacteria.’
      • ‘It sounded unnatural, manufactured, and I could tell she never laughed so easily, so unthinkingly.’
      • ‘Pitch variations, or the absence of them, can also make synthesized speech seem unnatural and hard to decipher.’
      • ‘Some Shih Tzu puppies may instinctively resist the unnatural feel of a manufactured nipple.’
      • ‘Food is also symbolic of corruptive Europe, which offers only tinned, synthetic unnatural food.’
      • ‘Buy breads free of unnatural chemicals - most mass produced breads are made with artificial chemicals.’
      • ‘However, intellectuals can alter the course of unnatural disasters such as government.’
      artificial, man-made, synthetic, manufactured, fabricated, fake, false, faux, simulated, not existing in nature, not found in nature
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    2. 1.2Affected or stilted.
      ‘the formal tone of the programs caused them to sound stilted and unnatural’
      • ‘There were long periods with little to no dialogue, and what dialogue there was felt stilted and unnatural (but that may have been the intention).’
      • ‘One of the criticisms I've heard is that the language is stilted and unnatural.’
      • ‘Their performances are stilted, unnatural, and weak.’
      • ‘His voice sounded unnatural and stilted, but I barely noticed as I thought about making out with Dmitri against the rough bark of the tree in the forest.’
      • ‘I know it is intentional, but I found the angels' stilted movements unnatural.’
      • ‘It leads to an unnatural style that is forced and wooden.’
      • ‘But his funny faces and odd mannerisms come across as forced and unnatural.’
      • ‘The opinions I formed of the characters at the beginning had evolved very considerably by the end, and yet nothing in the way the film progressed ever seemed forced or unnatural.’
      • ‘Apart from that, many people who only weight train walk around in a most unnatural manner, with a constipated look on their face.’
      • ‘Here is a voice in every way opposed to Martin's: it's angular, assumed, pointedly unnatural.’
      • ‘The way I say it, though, is stiff and unnatural and Chloe, having been my acquaintance for a long time, hears this straight away.’
      • ‘Macy does an excellent job of humanizing Lawrence, even on those occasions when he is asked to speak forced and unnatural lines.’
      • ‘And as for the acquaintances they've got back home, they find the newfound attention somewhat forced and unnatural.’
      • ‘It seems forced and unnatural, as if it's something he knows he's supposed to be saying instead of a phrase he uses all the time.’
      • ‘To be fair, this is as much a problem with the script, which requires him to speak in an awkward, unnatural manner.’
      • ‘Distracted, she noted that her voice had an unnatural dreamy manner to it.’
      • ‘He called the next day, and we talked for a long time, though there was something strained and unnatural in it.’
      • ‘We found efforts at forced collaboration awkward and unnatural for most organizations.’
      • ‘But it always feels to me very unnatural, that we're pretending.’
      • ‘I have to consciously form the present boy's name sometimes, and it can sound forced and unnatural, no unnatural is too strong.’
      affected, artificial, stilted, self-conscious, contrived, forced, laboured, studied, strained, stiff, wooden
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    3. 1.3Lacking feelings of kindness and sympathy that are considered to be natural.
      ‘they condemned her as an unnatural woman’
      • ‘Indeed, if Madonna were a fictional character, one could only retain public sympathy for her by having her ‘pay the price’ for her unnatural behaviour.’
      • ‘Donnelly complains that Play School is battling ‘to normalise what many parents would consider unnatural behaviour’.’
      • ‘If wherever she was going was full of such… unnatural feelings… she wasn't sure how she would fare through it.’
      • ‘Such an unnatural feeling was more than he could bear.’
      • ‘Indeed, for him or her, heterosexual behaviour is unnatural.’
      • ‘Alcohol induces unnatural feelings and makes people act out of character; it's very easy to find oneself in a frightening situation.’
      • ‘My characters always have lots of aunties, one of whom my hero always has unnatural feelings for, or very natural feelings for.’
      • ‘For such a female, there can be no understanding, and the contrast between the wife's unnatural behaviour and the husband's heroic behaviour is specially stressed.’
      • ‘A strange, unnatural feeling is beginning to develop among long-term observers of English football: optimism.’
      • ‘I've developed an unnatural interest in Comic Relief does Fame Academy.’
      • ‘During the last few months, I'd had visions of him running away, scared and shamed by my unnatural passion.’
      • ‘Kirstie could only gape, caught between outrage and an unnatural desire to laugh.’
      • ‘Like his mother, he has an unnatural fear of water.’
      • ‘With an unnatural longing, Deirdre wanted a water feature.’
      • ‘Neither one of us are religious in the slightest, so the sole reason for my attendance at this time seems to be the annual egg hunt that for people in their fifties my parents take unnatural glee in.’
      • ‘Gone are the days when crimplene flares were modelled by vacuous looking male models with an unnatural penchant for Aran knit cardigans and neck ties.’
      • ‘Larry has an unnatural fear of sharks and the word ‘shark’ makes him go completely mental.’
      • ‘I wanted to tell the lady in Cairo that she was exaggerating her dress, that it was unnatural and abnormal.’
      perverted, warped, twisted, deviant, depraved, degenerate, bestial, unhealthy, immoral, abnormal, decadent
      uncaring, unconcerned, unfeeling, inhuman, soulless, heartless, cold, cold-blooded, hard, hard-hearted, callous, cruel, brutal, merciless, pitiless, remorseless, inhumane, evil, wicked, monstrous
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/ˌənˈnaCH(ə)rəl/ /ˌənˈnætʃ(ə)rəl/