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 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 Members of the Touched are disconcerting people in Victorian-era London with their supernatural abilities in the new trailer for HBO Max’s The Nevers. Althea Legaspi, Rolling Stone, "‘The Nevers’ Trailer: Supernatural Powers of the ‘Touched’ Emerge," 24 Mar. 2021 The supernatural elements are portrayed as psychological and societal. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Der Freischütz’ and ‘Songs for Murdered Sisters’ Reviews: Where Relationships and Violence Meet," 3 Mar. 2021 There are no supernatural elements, no special effects, only a betrayal of trust that drives Miriam (played by Madeleine Sims-Fewer, who also co-wrote the movie, with Dusty Mancinelli) over the brink of sanity. Jo Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Subtle Joy of the Small Horror Movie," 1 Mar. 2021 Hunted by mysterious forces, a woman with supernatural abilities must go on the run. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘Gandhi’; ‘Forrest Gump’ and more," 26 Feb. 2021 The new series should feel very different from the Sherlock Holmes novels as much emphasis is put on supernatural elements, which means that logic and rationality won’t easily explain any of the mysteries plaguing the city of London. Sheena Scott, Forbes, "5 European Series Coming To Netflix And Amazon In March," 26 Feb. 2021 In addition to the comedy and musical performances, there is an underlying mystery and supernatural elements about Smith's character that slowly unravels over the course of the show. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "New York Venue Elsewhere Announces Paperboy Prince and Princess Nokia For Virtual Talk Show," 28 Jan. 2021 Their demonic adversaries were once humans who bartered their souls for supernatural powers and now feed on humanity. Nick Romano,, "Demon Slayer, Japan's biggest hit movie, lands a U.S. premiere: Here's what you should know," 16 Mar. 2021 Medium Before her Oscar and Emmy in the ’10s, Patricia Arquette anchored this NBC supernatural drama for five seasons over on NBC. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, "The 40 Best TV Shows on Paramount+," 4 Mar. 2021

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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 Apr 2021

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“Supernatural.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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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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