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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But when that zenith lies over North Korea, where the Kim clan is apotheosized as supernatural beings, leadership brings booming isolation. Charlie Campbell / Beijing, Time, "All Signs Suggest North Korea's Kim Jong Un Really Wants to Make a Deal," 8 June 2018 Koryta, who has introduced supernatural elements into several novels, plays it pretty straight here. Lloyd Sachs, chicagotribune.com, "Crime fiction to heat up your summer reading list," 21 May 2018 But for the most part, the fears here are social, not supernatural. Noel Murray, latimes.com, "Review: Actors make the most of seaside suspense in Welsh two-hander 'The Lighthouse'," 5 July 2018 The idea that such uncanny poetry was coming out of an ordinary woman seemed so unlikely to her contemporaries that many believed something supernatural must be involved. Joy Lanzendorfer, Longreads, "Ghost Writer: The Story of Patience Worth, the Posthumous Author," 14 June 2018 Sci-fi and fantasy, paranoia and fear, and the good old-fashioned supernatural have become a sort of blob that spreads across the screen, reaching tentacles into unexpected places. Stephen Carter, chicagotribune.com, "Reboot ‘The West Wing’? Here are some suggestions," 4 May 2018 But actually, the supernatural and (to the non-technical) the mysterious black box of technology mesh together quite well. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "Witches, Frog-Gods, and the Deepening Schism of Internet Religions," 3 Apr. 2018 The new movie Hereditary, a supernatural thriller about family secrets, is one of the scariest films in years. Geek's Guide To The Galaxy, WIRED, "Satanists Just Aren’t Scary Anymore," 14 July 2018 Inspired by the Irish rebellion of 1798, Cathleen also speaks to the lure of fate, heroism, and the supernatural, in the person of a mystical woman who, through song and eroticism, coaxes young men to their deaths. Julia M. Klein, Philly.com, "'Women of Ireland': Five plays in an hour, classic and contemporary," 9 Apr. 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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