supernaturalism

noun
su·​per·​nat·​u·​ral·​ism | \ ˌsü-pər-ˈna-chə-rə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce supernaturalism (audio) , -ˈnach-rə- \

Definition of supernaturalism

1 : the quality or state of being supernatural
2 : belief in a supernatural power and order of existence

Other Words from supernaturalism

supernaturalist \ ˌsü-​pər-​ˈna-​chə-​rə-​list How to pronounce supernaturalism (audio) , -​ˈnach-​rə-​ \ noun or adjective
supernaturalistic \ ˌsü-​pər-​ˌna-​chə-​rə-​ˈli-​stik How to pronounce supernaturalism (audio) , -​ˌnach-​rə-​ \ adjective

Examples of supernaturalism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Capturing that movement required a fusion of political didacticism, unabashed melodrama, stage supernaturalism and sitcom beats. New York Times, 30 Nov. 2021 Like Paine before him, Dr. Dawkins has done a great job of expunging the tenets of supernaturalism from his mind. Wired Letters Department, WIRED, 1 Dec. 2006

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First Known Use of supernaturalism

1764, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Supernaturalism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/supernaturalism. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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