supernatural

adjective
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

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There is not one mysterious dead body in Trinkets or mind-bending life-or-death supernatural crisis afoot. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "R29 Binge Club: Netflix’s Trinkets Recap," 15 June 2019 In the year that Toronto’s identity became rooted in resilience and an almost supernatural detachment from pressure, Kawhi has been be a reminder that not all leadership looks the same. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "We The Champs: Kawhi, Masai and the Legend of the 2019 Raptors," 14 June 2019 Those shows will be joined by the series debuts of the Walton Goggins comedy The Unicorn, Carol’s Second Act starring Patricia Heaton, and Evil, a supernatural drama from The Good Fight creators Michelle and Robert King. Lauren Huff, EW.com, "CBS announces full fall prime-time schedule," 13 June 2019 Throughout the series, there has always been a twinning between the real and supernatural worlds, with the same themes—power, loyalty, duty, politics, family—enacted on both tiers. Daniel Mendelsohn, Town & Country, "Even Classicists Hated the Game of Thrones Finale," 20 May 2019 Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is far from a done-to-death, over-the-top adolescent soap opera set inside a world of powerful witches and supernatural beings. Jasmine Arielle Ting, Teen Vogue, ""Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Shows That There's Power in Questioning Your Religion," 5 Apr. 2019 To help her, she’s guided by three supernatural beings named Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which—played here by the triumvirate of Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, and Oprah. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The Best Sci Fi Movies of 2018 That Starred Women," 28 Nov. 2018 Besides recurring guest appearances together on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Steenburgen currently stars on Fox's The Last Man on Earth, while Danson appears as the supernatural being Michael on the hit NBC sitcom The Good Place. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen Can't Stop Saying Adorable Stuff About Each Other," 17 Sep. 2018 This weekend was the world premier of A Wrinkle In Time, the film where three supernatural beings, including Reese Witherspoon, guide a young girl through time and space on a quest to find her father. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "This Home Decorating Tip From Reese Witherspoon Is Actually Genius," 12 Mar. 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 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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