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[soo-pur-nl] /sʊˈpɜr nl/
being in or belonging to the heaven of divine beings; heavenly, celestial, or divine.
lofty; of more than earthly or human excellence, powers, etc.
being on high or in the sky or visible heavens.
Origin of supernal
1475-85; < Middle French < Latin supern(us) upper + -ālis -al1
Related forms
supernally, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for supernal
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  • What a mistake it would have been if some supernal electrician had dropped a green or a blue spot-light on the scene!

    The Precipice Elia Wilkinson Peattie
  • Daniel, however, of the captive race, revealed it by supernal influence.

    Mysticism and its Results John Delafield
  • If the choice could be put to him plainly by some supernal power, what then would he choose?

    The Duke's Children Anthony Trollope
  • The huge brain was alert now, with a supernal sense of keening.

    Walls of Acid Henry Hasse
  • Kant was kept busy in proving the existence of this supernal but empty region.

  • She is the Moon nourished by the milk of the supernal Mother.

  • The supernal light alone, dawning upon the human heart, can exceed the marvel of such a sunrise.

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
  • The glamour of love invested sky and earth with supernal glory.

  • Temporarily absent from the body, I soared in a supernal visit.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • This supernal experience was pierced by a shout from a definite locale.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
British Dictionary definitions for supernal


/suːˈpɜːnəl; sjuː-/
adjective (literary)
of or from the world of the divine; celestial
of or emanating from above or from the sky
Derived Forms
supernally, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Medieval Latin supernālis, from Latin supernus that is on high, from super above
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Word Origin and History for supernal

mid-15c., "heavenly, divine," from Old French supernal (12c.), formed from Latin supernus "situated above, celestial" (from super "above, over;" see super-) as a contrast to infernal.

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