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 for extraordinary
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Extraordinary \Ex*traor"di*na*ry\, n.; pl. Extraordinaries.
     That which is extraordinary; -- used especially in the
     plural; as, extraordinaries excepted, there is nothing to
     prevent success.
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           Their extraordinary did consist especially in the
           matter of prayers and devotions.         --Jer. Taylor.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Extraordinary \Ex*traor"di*na*ry\, a. [L. extraordinarius; extra
     on the outside + ordinarius: cf. F. extraordinaire. See
     Ordinary.]
     1. Beyond or out of the common order or method; not usual,
        customary, regular, or ordinary; as, extraordinary evils;
        extraordinary remedies.
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              Which dispose
              To something extraordinary my thoughts. --Milton.
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     2. Exceeding the common degree, measure. or condition; hence,
        remarkable; uncommon; rare; wonderful; as, extraordinary
        talents or grandeur.
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     3. Employed or sent upon an unusual or special service; as,
        an ambassador extraordinary.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  extraordinary
      adj 1: beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or
             exceptional or remarkable; "extraordinary authority"; "an
             extraordinary achievement"; "her extraordinary beauty";
             "enjoyed extraordinary popularity"; "an extraordinary
             capacity for work"; "an extraordinary session of the
             legislature" [ant: ordinary]
      2: far more than usual or expected; "an extraordinary desire for
         approval"; "it was an over-the-top experience" [syn:
         extraordinary, over-the-top, sinful]
      3: (of an official) serving an unusual or special function in
         addition to those of the regular officials; "an ambassador
         extraordinary"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  132 Moby Thesaurus words for "extraordinary":
     abnormal, absolute, amazing, appalling, astonishing, astounding,
     beguiling, bewildering, bizarre, celebrated, certain, concrete,
     conspicuous, curious, defined, definite, detailed, determinate,
     different, distinct, distinguished, egregious, eminent, enigmatic,
     esoteric, especial, esteemed, estimable, exceptional, express,
     fabulous, fantastic, fascinating, fixed, formidable, gorgeous,
     impressive, improbable, incomprehensible, inconceivable,
     incredible, indescribable, individual, ineffable, inner, intimate,
     legendary, lovely, marked, marvelous, memorable, minute,
     miraculous, more than expected, mythical, noble, notable,
     noteworthy, noticeable, odd, of mark, out-of-the-way, outlandish,
     outstanding, particular, passing strange, past expectation,
     peculiar, personal, phenomenal, portentous, precise, prestigious,
     private, prodigious, prominent, puzzling, queer, rare, remarkable,
     rememberable, reputable, respective, salient, sensational, several,
     signal, singular, smashing, solipsistic, special, specific,
     strange, striking, stupefying, stupendous, sudden, super, superior,
     surprising, telling, terrific, unannounced, unanticipated,
     unbelievable, uncommon, undivined, unexampled, unexpected,
     unforeseeable, unforeseen, unforgettable, unguessed, unheard-of,
     unheralded, unhoped for, unimaginable, unique, unordinary,
     unparalleled, unprecedented, unpredictable, unpredicted,
     unprepared for, unreal, unspeakable, unthinkable, unusual,
     unwonted, without warning, wonderful, wondrous
  
  

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