- of, relating to, or being above or beyond what is natural; unexplainable by natural law or phenomena; abnormal.
- of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or attributed to God or a deity.
- of a superlative degree; preternatural: a missile of supernatural speed.
- of, relating to, or attributed to ghosts, goblins, or other unearthly beings; eerie; occult.
- a being, place, object, occurrence, etc., considered as supernatural or of supernatural origin; that which is supernatural, or outside the natural order.
- behavior supposedly caused by the intervention of supernatural beings.
- direct influence or action of a deity on earthly affairs.
- the supernatural,
- supernatural beings, behavior, and occurrences collectively.
- supernatural forces and the supernatural plane of existence: a deep fear of the supernatural.
Origin of supernatural
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Examples from the Web for supernatural
Although Korra looks at PTSD and assault with supernatural grandiosity, fans were quick to pick up on it in some forums.Science-Fiction TV Finds a New Muse: Feminism
November 29, 2014
On TripAdvisor, visitors gush about the tour and the supernatural experiences encountered during their stay.Would You Stay in Lizzie Borden’s Ax-Murder House?
October 30, 2014
It is clear Hitchens had no use for the supernatural or spiritual, but his alternative to religion was not merely scientific.Cornel West’s Disappointing Decline
October 23, 2014
It was identified as an ancient exorcism technique that indicated she had been suspected of supernatural powers.Bulgaria’s Vampire Graveyards
October 15, 2014
Many of my soldiers began to treat bracelets, pictures, bibles and video games as if they had supernatural powers.There Are Only Atheists in Fox Holes
October 5, 2014
You might often believe in supernatural occurrences if it were not for the witnesses.Questionable Shapes
William Dean Howells
In the classes above them the supernatural has been slain by the supercilious.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
Certainly, many of the workings of Nature are wonderful, but they are not supernatural.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
With respect to the supernatural scenes I have beheld, the question is more difficult.Imogen
It could not have been that his 'foreknowledge' was supernatural.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
- of or relating to things that cannot be explained according to natural laws
- characteristic of or caused by or as if by a god; miraculous
- of, involving, or ascribed to occult beings
- exceeding the ordinary; abnormal
- the supernatural supernatural forces, occurrences, and beings collectively or their realm
Word Origin and History for supernatural
early 15c. "above nature, transcending nature, belonging to a higher realm," from Medieval Latin supernaturalis "above or beyond nature," from Latin super "above" (see super-) + natura "nature" (see nature). Originally with more of a religious sense, "of or given by God, divine; heavenly;" association with ghosts, etc., has predominated since c.1799.
1580s, from supernatural (adj.).