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)

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Other Words from supernatural

supernatural noun
supernaturally \ ˌsü-​pər-​ˈna-​chər-​ə-​lē How to pronounce supernaturally (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 Launched in 2016, The OA is a supernatural drama about a missing blind woman who returns to her suburban Michigan family with her vision inexplicably restored. Fortune, "Meet the Women Leading Netflix Into the Streaming Wars," 23 Sep. 2019 How about a supernatural series topped by Lin-Manuel Miranda or a comedy with Paul Rudd as a man overshadowed by his clone, or the chance to see Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker as a real-life gangster circa 1960? Lynn Elber,, "Fall preview: 19 new TV shows coming from Apple TV Plus, HBO and more," 6 Sep. 2019 How about a supernatural series with Lin-Manuel Miranda or a comedy starring Paul Rudd as a man overshadowed by his clone, or the chance to see Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker as a real-life 1960s gangster? Washington Post, "Fall brings new shows, services and chance of bigger TV tabs," 5 Sep. 2019 The basics: Longtime creative partners Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg executive-produce an appealingly nutso supernatural series tinged with darkly comic elements. Mike Scott,, "Who's filming in Louisiana: From Tom Hanks to -- Motley Crue?," 23 Jan. 2018 The convert is taken first by impulse, the inborn instinct toward the supernatural, the soul’s longing for purpose. John Hirschauer, National Review, "Kanye West’s Reactionary Turn Isn’t Just an Act," 4 Nov. 2019 Rona Leventhal uses her skills as a seasoned storyteller to invite listeners into the realm of the mystical, supernatural, eerie… and downright creepy!, "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 28 Oct. 2019 But the horror isn't supernatural, though one character claims to have seen a ghost. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Five stars for compelling new indie film ‘Parasite’," 24 Oct. 2019 The House With a Clock in Its Walls A 10-year-old boy (Owen Vaccaro) is sent to live with his eccentric uncle (Jack Black) after his parents are killed in a car accident in director Eli Roth’s kid-friendly 2018 supernatural comedy. Los Angeles Times, "What’s on TV Friday: ‘The Blacklist,’ ‘SmackDown’ and more," 3 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of supernatural was in the 15th century

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3 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Supernatural.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of supernatural

: unable to be explained by science or the laws of nature : of, relating to, or seeming to come from magic, a god, etc.


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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