supernatural

adjective
su·​per·​nat·​u·​ral | \ ˌsü-pər-ˈna-chə-rəl, -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 , -​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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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 While there doesn't seem to be any apparent spoilers about the more supernatural goings-on in Hawkins in the spot, Variety points out that there are a few things worth noting in the clip. Zoe Weiner, Teen Vogue, "This "Stranger Things" Season 3 Teaser Is Just an Advertisement for a Mall," 16 July 2018 The Outsider by Stephen King; Scribner, 560 pp.; fiction There’s plenty of shadowy, wormy supernatural goings-on in The Outsider. Jocelyn Mcclurg, USA TODAY, "Weekend picks for book lovers, including Stephen King's 'The Outsider'," 26 May 2018 Longer version: After Joyce and Bob save Hopper from the Shadow Monster's tunnels, the cover-up team arrives to clean up the evidence of supernatural goings-on in Hawkins and start burning the creepy, living vines in the tunnels. Kayleigh Roberts, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bob Suffered a Terrible Death in Stranger Things Season 2," 30 Oct. 2017 Lucid dreaming is no longer reserved for those experienced in the supernatural. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Is Lucid Dreaming? Your Guide to Exploring Your Subconscious," 18 Sep. 2018 The humans are sung by Davóne Tines in a weighty bass-baritone; the supernatural creatures in the ethereal voice of the countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, delicately enhanced with electronics to give it a haunting aura. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Only the Sound Remains’ Review: Ethereal Yet Earthbound," 20 Nov. 2018 Murder House told the story of the Harmon family, who moved into a mansion with a supernatural twist: Anyone who died in the house was trapped there for eternity as a ghost, unable to escape. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "American Horror Story: Apocalypse was somehow both absolutely nuts and largely forgettable," 18 Nov. 2018 These supernatural explanations started to drop with 7- and 8-year-olds. Galadriel Watson, Discover Magazine, "Why We Feel the Need to Knock On Wood," 17 Oct. 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, -ˈnach-rəl\

Kids Definition of supernatural

: of or relating to something beyond or outside of nature or the visible universe

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