su·​per·​nat·​u·​ral | \ ˌsü-pər-ˈna-chə-rəl How to pronounce supernatural (audio) , -ˈnach-rəl \

Definition of supernatural

1 : of or relating to an order of existence beyond the visible observable universe especially : of or relating to God or a god, demigod, spirit, or devil
2a : departing from what is usual or normal especially so as to appear to transcend the laws of nature
b : attributed to an invisible agent (such as a ghost or spirit)

Other Words from supernatural

supernatural noun
supernaturally \ ˌsü-​pər-​ˈna-​chər-​ə-​lē How to pronounce supernatural (audio) , -​ˈnach-​rə-​ , -​ˈna-​chər-​lē \ adverb
supernaturalness noun

Examples of supernatural in a Sentence

believes in ghosts, guardian angels, and other supernatural beings he seems to read books with supernatural speed
Recent Examples on the Web There’s complex time travel, a sentient cube, and a whole host of other supernatural twists and turns. Milan Polk, Men's Health, 24 June 2022 Her hope for a peaceful new start is thwarted by a series of increasingly ominous supernatural phenomena that seem somehow connected to her personally — and begin to threaten the entire town. Todd Spangler, Variety, 22 June 2022 Written by Leyna Krow, Sundance Kid is described as a redefining of the heist genre with a story centered on bank-robbing twins – one with supernatural powers and one without. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 June 2022 The theatricality and horror of the show align with Bush’s supernatural inklings. Los Angeles Times, 21 June 2022 After four seasons of monster hunting, vampire encounters, and supernatural debauchery, Legacies comes to an end on The CW, but the characters aren't going down without a fight. Ew Staff,, 16 June 2022 For Kamala, that’s a 16-year-old, driver’s license-less teen with supernatural superpowers. Katherine Singh,, 16 June 2022 Roberts, who became a first-time mom just months before shooting Abandoned, and Gallagher spoke via Zoom about their new film and being part of a story that goes beyond the usual supernatural scares. Angela Dawson, Forbes, 15 June 2022 Some spells invoked supernatural beings, from Jesus Christ and Mary to nature spirits and mythic figures from Russian legends, such as a golden fish or a wingless bird. Valerie Kivelson, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of supernatural

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for supernatural

Middle English, from Medieval Latin supernaturalis, from Latin super- + natura nature

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26 Jun 2022

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“Supernatural.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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su·​per·​nat·​u·​ral | \ ˌsü-pər-ˈna-chə-rəl How to pronounce supernatural (audio) , -ˈnach-rəl \

Kids Definition of supernatural

: of or relating to something beyond or outside of nature or the visible universe

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