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 Rather than featuring superhuman powers or paranormal phenomena, Nightmare Alley depicts humans pretending to be supernatural. Christian Holub,, 16 Sep. 2021 The study looked at the expectations people had for both supernatural entities - like angels and demons - and real humans. Elizabeth Fernandez, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 Each of the rugged terraces is a setting for group therapy, where supernatural counsellors dispense tough love. Judith Thurman, The New Yorker, 13 Sep. 2021 Rutgers University physics professor Troy Shinbrot told USA TODAY that earthquake lights, or EQL, are relatively rare but mysterious, long sparking far-fetched theories of UFOs and supernatural spirits. Christine Fernando, USA TODAY, 9 Sep. 2021 The temptation with writers who see the world clearly is to attribute some kind of supernatural sight to them when their real gift is rigorous attentiveness to humanity. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 7 Sep. 2021 Along with archival photographs and drawings, Ms. Fleming interleaves her account with anecdotes about the grisly accidents and deaths, including Carnarvon’s, attributed to supernatural malice. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, 3 Sep. 2021 Thanks to genetics, I was blessed with a full head of thick, healthy hair that grows at supernatural speed. Karina Hoshikawa,, 3 Sep. 2021 But Campion doesn’t do absolute villains, and there’s a twitchy neediness to Phil too, one the actor summons with almost supernatural precision. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 2 Sep. 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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“Supernatural.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 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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