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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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 While some people view photos with flecks of light—or orbs, as they're often known—as a sign of supernatural activity, the society doesn't. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "4 Signs Your House Might Be Haunted," 5 Oct. 2018 For those unfamiliar with the supernatural period drama, Balfe plays Claire Randall Fraser, an English woman who travels back in time to 18th-century Scotland during the Jacobite rebellion. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince Harry Had a Laugh with Outlander Star Caitriona Balfe in Dublin," 11 July 2018 Production will begin this year on Jinn, a teenage supernatural drama featuring young Arab talent in front of and behind the camera. Rachel Gandin Mark, The Hollywood Reporter, "Can Netflix Transform the Television Landscape in the Middle East?," 27 June 2018 This supernatural West Texas drama returns for its third season. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "What’s on TV Sunday: ‘Parts Unknown’ and the BET Awards," 24 June 2018 Interesting blend of scientific mystery and supernatural drama. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Vampyr review: Dead in the daylight," 6 June 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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