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 natureb : attributed to an invisible agent (such as a ghost or spirit)
supernaturallyplay \-ˈna-chər-ə-lē, -ˈnach-rə-, -ˈna-chər-lē\ adverb
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 of supernatural from the Web
Rosemary's Baby (July 1) Mia Farrow is an expectant mother who finds that her baby is of special interest to the various people living in her New York City apartment building in Roman Polanski's 1968 supernatural thriller.
The Void (July 6) Taking inspiration from various '80s B-movies, Steven Kostanski and Jeremy Gillespie's horror film depicts the supernatural ordeal suffered by a group of people who wind up trapped in a hospital by hooded cult members.
Though the direwolves have been somewhat sidelined or killed off prematurely in the HBO adaptation, their supernatural link with the Stark kids is massively important in the novels.
So we're left with the arresting question of whether Macbeth is the plaything of malevolent supernatural forces, or if his own inability to reflect until too late upon the moral dimensions of his bloody deeds drives the action.
When Michael, the youngest child, said science couldn’t explain everything, his dad said that was no reason to embrace the supernatural.
The Intriguing Chills of The Mist—Sophie Gilbert watches Spike’s new supernatural drama.
If Ariel represents supernatural forces that dwell up above, Caliban is a cave-dwelling brute who is part human and part whatever.
And the Lakota tribe believed the wintke people among them had supernatural powers like India’s hijras.
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Origin and Etymology of supernatural
Middle English, from Medieval Latin supernaturalis, from Latin super- + natura nature
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
SUPERNATURAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of supernatural for English Language Learners
: unable to be explained by science or the laws of nature : of, relating to, or seeming to come from magic, a god, etc.
SUPERNATURAL Defined for Kids
Definition of supernatural for Students
: of or relating to something beyond or outside of nature or the visible universe
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