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supernatural

[soo-per-nach-er-uh l, -nach-ruh l] /ˌsu pərˈnætʃ ər əl, -ˈnætʃ rəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or being above or beyond what is natural; unexplainable by natural law or phenomena; abnormal.
2.
of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or attributed to God or a deity.
3.
of a superlative degree; preternatural:
a missile of supernatural speed.
4.
of, relating to, or attributed to ghosts, goblins, or other unearthly beings; eerie; occult.
noun
5.
a being, place, object, occurrence, etc., considered as supernatural or of supernatural origin; that which is supernatural, or outside the natural order.
6.
behavior supposedly caused by the intervention of supernatural beings.
7.
direct influence or action of a deity on earthly affairs.
8.
the supernatural.
  1. supernatural beings, behavior, and occurrences collectively.
  2. supernatural forces and the supernatural plane of existence:
    a deep fear of the supernatural.
Origin of supernatural
1520-1530
From the Medieval Latin word supernātūrālis, dating back to 1520-30. See super-, natural
Related forms
supernaturally, adverb
supernaturalness, noun
antisupernatural, adjective, noun
semisupernatural, adjective
semisupernaturally, adverb
semisupernaturalness, noun
unsupernatural, adjective
unsupernaturally, adverb
unsupernaturalness, noun
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Examples from the Web for supernatural
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  • 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.

  • With respect to the supernatural scenes I have beheld, the question is more difficult.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • It could not have been that his 'foreknowledge' was supernatural.

    Homeward Bound James Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for supernatural

supernatural

/ˌsuːpəˈnætʃrəl; -ˈnætʃərəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to things that cannot be explained according to natural laws
2.
characteristic of or caused by or as if by a god; miraculous
3.
of, involving, or ascribed to occult beings
4.
exceeding the ordinary; abnormal
noun
5.
the supernatural, supernatural forces, occurrences, and beings collectively or their realm
Derived Forms
supernaturally, adverb
supernaturalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for supernatural
adj.

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.

n.

1580s, from supernatural (adj.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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