supernatural

adjective
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

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Following the success of Long Island Medium's Theresa Caputo, TLC has launched a new reality series around another woman with incredible supernatural abilities. Eileen Reslen, Good Housekeeping, "'Mama Medium' Jennie Marie Leaves Family Speechless After Shocking Reading," 19 Nov. 2018 There has to be an element of the supernatural, blood and guts, or a serial killer lurking in the dark in order to get that genre stamp of approval. Kellee Terrell, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jen McGowan's Feminist Horror Rust Creek Is Exactly What Hollywood Needs Right Now," 22 Jan. 2019 Some tales, however, seem to contain no overtly supernatural content, just a lingering, disquieting sense of oddness. Michael Berry, San Francisco Chronicle, "Science fiction and fantasy books: ‘Belly Up,’ ‘What Should Be Wild,’ ‘84K’," 7 June 2018 There’s a physicality and vocal aura that Brandon Lee imbued the character with that seems to transcend film and take on an almost supernatural quality. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why 'The Crow' Should Not Fly Again," 31 May 2018 But during this time, the Greek physician Hippocrates reasoned that diseases had natural rather than supernatural causes. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The Complete History of the Autopsy," 26 Dec. 2018 That said, the comment leads us to wonder whether Riverdale could experience more magical or supernatural events in the coming episodes or, just maybe, there may be even more potential for crossovers and Easter eggs both on Riverdale and CAOS. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, ""Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Has Already Had Several "Riverdale" Crossovers," 29 Oct. 2018 In this terrifying new movie, a little boy exhibits disturbing behavior that may be rooted in the supernatural. Molly Fitzpatrick, Marie Claire, "Taylor Schilling On What Scares Her—On and Off The Screen," 22 Jan. 2019 Birthplace of the zombie and voodoo, the Caribbean is no stranger to the supernatural, and Clare’s uncanny experiences feel right at home there. Randy Rosenthal, The Seattle Times, "A grieving widow stalks her dead husband through the streets of Havana," 2 Aug. 2018

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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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supernatural

adjective

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.

supernatural

adjective
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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