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 In Vogt's film, a group of pre-teens develops supernatural powers, including telepathy and telekinesis. Clark Collis,, 10 May 2022 Because there are so many movies and television series being made now about young people with supernatural powers. Erik Morse, Vogue, 9 May 2022 The live-action show tells the fantastical tale of the titular 12-year-old modern demigod (Scobell), who’s just coming to terms with his newfound supernatural powers when the sky god Zeus accuses him of stealing his master lightning bolt. Joe Otterson, Variety, 5 May 2022 Known as the Bekora stones, the pebbles are thought to have supernatural powers. Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2022 Alex soon meets an endearing skaterghost/love interest (Booboo Stewart) who nearly traffics Sunset Curve to a sinister spectral magician (Cheyenne Jackson) seeking to enslave them at his supernatural nightclub. Robyn Bahr, Billboard, 10 Sep. 2020 Schoenbrun wants the audience to wonder whether supernatural forces are at work, or a mere echo chamber of creepiness. David Sims, The Atlantic, 1 May 2022 Also, a young woman in Philadelphia (Lucy Barrett) is about to confront her new destiny in the season premiere of the supernatural drama. Los Angeles Times, 11 Mar. 2022 Starring Noomi Rapace, Hilmir Snær Guðnason and Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, the supernatural drama follows a childless couple in rural Iceland who make an alarming discovery in their sheep barn. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 1 Feb. 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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21 May 2022

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“Supernatural.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 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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