paranormal

adjective
para·​nor·​mal | \ ˌper-ə-ˈnȯr-məl How to pronounce paranormal (audio) , ˌpa-rə-; ˈper-ə-ˌnȯr-, ˈpa-rə-\

Definition of paranormal

: not scientifically explainable : supernatural

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Other Words from paranormal

paranormal noun
paranormality \ ˌper-​ə-​ˌnȯr-​ˈma-​lə-​tē How to pronounce paranormality (audio) , ˌpa-​rə-​ \ noun
paranormally \ ˌper-​ə-​ˈnȯr-​mə-​lē How to pronounce paranormally (audio) , ˌpa-​rə-​ ; ˈper-​ə-​ˌnȯr-​ , ˈpa-​rə-​ \ adverb

Examples of paranormal in a Sentence

there are rumors that the old deserted mansion is the site of paranormal activity

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Dawn Chartier, the author of seven books in the paranormal, contemporary, and erotic categories, gave a peek into the writer's toolbox. Ann Benoit, NOLA.com, "Writers get into the minds of successful authors at retreat," 18 Mar. 2018 For nine seasons, The X-Files brought tales of the paranormal, supernatural, and alien to television, combining Unsolved Mysteries with a conspiracy theory flair. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "We Want You to Believe: 15 Episodes to Get Started With 'The X-Files'," 12 June 2015 Equally appealing was her co-star Sasha Lane’s Prada dress of brilliant sapphire with a lightening bolt for a bit of paranormal comic charm. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "This Week, Stars Went Against the Grain in Unexpected Designers and Retro Fashion," 15 Apr. 2019 Like keeping an eye out for this paranormal investigator's four main signs your home could be haunted. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Living In A Haunted Home Is More Common Than You Think, Study Reveals," 23 Oct. 2018 Unlike the original, the paranormal time travel element is gone. Julie Muncy, Ars Technica, "Life Is Strange 2, episode 1 review: New setting, same heart," 28 Sep. 2018 Inspired by the real-life tales of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, the series kicked off with the story of the Perron family, who move into a Rhode Island farmhouse in 1971 and to discover all manners of supernatural menace. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "The new horror film canon (and where to stream it)," 1 Nov. 2018 Equipped with nothing but a few costumes, some really loud noises, and a pair of paranormal legends, the director extraordinaire crafts a seriously spooky tale of a family and the house that wants them out. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 28 Best Halloween Movies on Netflix," 11 Oct. 2018 The story follows the supernatural adventures of a geeky freshman named Ethan who is also a Seer that has paranormal visions. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "25 Amazing Disney Channel Shows That You Need to Binge ASAP," 8 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of paranormal

1905, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of paranormal was in 1905

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paranormal

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of paranormal

: very strange and not able to be explained by what scientists know about nature and the world

paranormal

adjective
para·​nor·​mal | \ ˌpar-ə-ˈnȯr-məl How to pronounce paranormal (audio) \

Medical Definition of paranormal

: not understandable in terms of known scientific laws and phenomena experiments in paranormal cognition of drawingsPsychological Abstracts

Other Words from paranormal

paranormally \ -​ē How to pronounce paranormally (audio) \ adverb

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