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 supernatural (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 After a supernatural event, many of London's citizens (and mostly women) find themselves with powers. Manasa Vedula, Glamour, "9 Shows and Movies to Watch After You've Finished Shadow and Bone," 6 May 2021 Alarmed to see mom's condition worsening, Gunner begins frantically researching leukemia, and also learns of a local myth (or not) about the Water Man, a supernatural figure who legendarily has the power to bring people and animals back to life. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'The Water Man' is another coming-of-age tale, with the Oprah seal of approval," 6 May 2021 The boy mistakes the falling ash for semi-miraculous July snow, which must be a sign that this quest for the supernatural is on the right track. Jessica Kiang, Rolling Stone, "‘The Water Man’ Review: Where the Mild Things Are," 5 May 2021 Manis have their roots in ancient myth and are connected to a belief in supernatural phenomena. Liza Weisstuch, Smithsonian Magazine, "Ten Cultural Experiences to Put on Your Post-Pandemic Bucket List," 27 Apr. 2021 Without the supernatural elements, the decades-long stories of Black people trying to take up residence in Los Angeles County’s white neighborhoods are more than scary enough. Los Angeles Times, "Behind the new show ‘Them’ is the ugly and true history of L.A.'s racist housing covenants," 27 Apr. 2021 Only the supernatural will be able to help the village out of its limbo. Sheena Scott, Forbes, "‘Red Moon Tide’ On MUBI: In-Between Realms On The Galician Coast," 21 Apr. 2021 Directed by Simon McQuoid, Mortal Kombat centers on Cole, a washed-up, down-on-his-luck MMA fighter with a mysterious dragon mark on his chest who finds himself the target of Sub-Zero, a supernatural warrior from the realm Outworld. Nick Romano,, "Mortal Kombat cast run through the A-Zs of their new movie, from 'brutality' to 'masochism'," 21 Apr. 2021 The people on the series known as The Touched all have supernatural gifts. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "The Nevers Star Ann Skelly on the Wild Side of the Fantastical Period Piece," 19 Apr. 2021

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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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9 May 2021

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“Supernatural.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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