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  1. being in or belonging to the heaven of divine beings; heavenly, celestial, or divine.
  2. lofty; of more than earthly or human excellence, powers, etc.
  3. being on high or in the sky or visible heavens.
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Origin of supernal

1475–85; < Middle French < Latin supern(us) upper + -ālis -al1
Related formssu·per·nal·ly, adverb
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Related Words for supernal

angelic, astral, elevated, empyrean, ethereal, heavenly, lofty, otherworldly, seraphic, empyreal, uplifted

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Historical Examples of supernal

  • Daniel, however, of the captive race, revealed it by supernal influence.

    Mysticism and its Results

    John Delafield

  • The huge brain was alert now, with a supernal sense of keening.

    Walls of Acid

    Henry Hasse

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

  • He led him to the inn when He joined him to the supernal Church.

  • The glamour of love invested sky and earth with supernal glory.

British Dictionary definitions for supernal


adjective literary
  1. of or from the world of the divine; celestial
  2. of or emanating from above or from the sky
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Derived Formssupernally, adverb

Word Origin for supernal

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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