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[soo-per-nach-er-uh l, -nach-ruh l] /ˌsu pərˈnætʃ ər əl, -ˈnætʃ rəl/
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.
  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
1520-30; < Medieval Latin supernātūrālis. See super-, natural
Related forms
supernaturally, adverb
supernaturalness, noun
antisupernatural, adjective, noun
semisupernatural, adjective
semisupernaturally, adverb
semisupernaturalness, noun
unsupernatural, adjective
unsupernaturally, adverb
unsupernaturalness, noun
1. See miraculous. Unabridged
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  • Save for the occasional howling of wolves and coyotes, the night was supernaturally silent.

  • The coffin was opened, and the body uncovered, supernaturally.

  • It was then supernaturally nailed to its rocky bed by seven brass nails.

    Roman Mosaics Hugh Macmillan
  • She was spotlessly clean, and everything about her was supernaturally neat.

    Greifenstein F. Marion Crawford
  • If this law be transgressed, the malefactor is supernaturally punished in a variety of ways.

    Custom and Myth Andrew Lang
  • They seemed to sink into the earth, and then slowly and supernaturally to emerge.

    Lothair Benjamin Disraeli
  • To them she looked supernaturally tall, supernaturally weird, with great glowing eyes and tongues of flame illumining her person.

    The Tangled Skein Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
  • Upon my word, I never saw the likes of them—black and supernaturally big.

    The Inspector-General Nicolay Gogol
  • The supernaturally gifted man was no mere machine, no automaton ruled in spite of himself by a superior spirit.

    Sermons Preached at Brighton Frederick W. Robertson
British Dictionary definitions for supernaturally


/ˌsuːpəˈnætʃrəl; -ˈnætʃərəl/
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
Derived Forms
supernaturally, adverb
supernaturalness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for supernaturally

c.1500, "of or given by God, divine; heavenly," from supernatural (adj.) + -ly (2).



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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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