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 Some drivers have reported being chased by hellhounds — supernatural dogs that represent death in some cultures — or seeing a ghostly semitruck on fire, according to Commercial Truck Trader. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, "10 Haunted Roads in the U.S. for Ghosts, Supernatural Creatures, and UFO Sightings," 20 Oct. 2020 Man judges by the natural, God is a righteous and holy judge and is supernatural. The Rev. Mike Taylor,, "Taylor: We can act the part, look the part, but God sees the heart | RELIGION COMMENTARY," 17 Oct. 2020 The supernatural elements grow across these pages as slowly — and ominously — as black mold. Washington Post, "Emily M. Danforth’s ‘Plain Bad Heroines’ mixes up a delectable brew of gothic horror and Hollywood satire," 15 Oct. 2020 The adult children of institutionalized serial killer Victoria Helstrom use supernatural powers to stop bad guys. Marc Myers, WSJ, "Elizabeth Marvel Was Born With Stars in Her Eyes," 13 Oct. 2020 So a little sibling rivalry supernatural meltdown is a welcome thing. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "Yes, Blumhouse's 'Nocturne' is a generic horror movie. It's also a welcome escape," 12 Oct. 2020 The evidence seems to point to something supernatural: a werewolf attacking and devouring its victims. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, "For director of ‘Wolf of Snow Hollow,’ filming a werewolf movie in Utah was like ‘winter summer camp’," 9 Oct. 2020 Even the simplest language—as a juncture between body and mind, between what is shared and what is private, between definition and flux—serves as the site of this struggle, through which Glück has forged her inimitable, nearly supernatural craft. Hannah Aizenman, The New Yorker, "Nobel Laureate Louise Glück in The New Yorker," 9 Oct. 2020 Between becoming the year's highest-grossing film and scoring five Oscar nominations (including a Best Supporting Actress win for Whoopi Goldberg), the supernatural romance was an unqualified smash. Derek Lawrence,, "How a Ghost took control of Whoopi Goldberg," 31 Aug. 2020

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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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23 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Supernatural.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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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