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)

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 As a teenager — even one who has mysteriously acquired supernatural powers — the most important thing in the world is being close to your friends. Sydney Odman, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 July 2022 This Netflix series also follows an awkward teenage girl with supernatural powers. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 30 May 2022 An audience under threat from viruses — and viral attacks on democracy — may find agreeable diversion in Luke’s awarding himself supernatural powers. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 20 May 2022 Lana Condor is living her best afterlife in this new supernatural comedy. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 3 July 2022 Ghostbusters: Afterlife director Jason Reitman and co-writer Gil Kenan are letting a few details out of the ghost trap about their upcoming next entry in the live-action supernatural comedy franchise. Ryan Parker, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 June 2022 After Vatican II, a worldwide meeting of Catholic bishops held between 1962 and 1965, there was an effort to downplay the more supernatural elements of the Catholic tradition. Joseph P. Laycock, The Conversation, 24 May 2022 This iconic supernatural comedy about parapsychologists who start a ghost-hunting business in New York City started a huge franchise for a reason. Hannah Jeon, Good Housekeeping, 23 May 2022 However, in this universe, supernatural threats, monsters, and portals are created by the very mineral Chernobylite takes its name from. Matt Gardner, Forbes, 29 Sep. 2021 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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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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