[ soo-per-nach-er-uh-liz-uhm, -nach-ruh-liz-uhm ]

  1. supernatural character or agency.

  2. belief in the doctrine of supernatural or divine agency as manifested in the world, in human events, religious revelation, etc.

Origin of supernaturalism

First recorded in 1790–1800; supernatural + -ism

Other words from supernaturalism

  • su·per·nat·u·ral·ist, noun, adjective
  • su·per·nat·u·ral·is·tic, adjective
  • an·ti·su·per·nat·ur·al·ism, noun
  • an·ti·su·per·nat·ur·al·ist, noun, adjective
  • an·ti·su·per·nat·ur·al·is·tic, adjective

Words Nearby supernaturalism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use supernaturalism in a sentence

  • Do you ask for a confirmation of the truths thus deduced from the denial of the supernaturalism of the Mosaic Code?

  • And the completion of the process means the death of supernaturalism in all its forms.

    Theism or Atheism | Chapman Cohen
  • If you allow supernaturalism to get a foothold in your country the result will be a dreadful calamity.

    Communism and Christianism | William Montgomery Brown
  • Hume had been arguing against, and Voltaire was still sneering at, all sorts of superstition and supernaturalism.

    The English Novel | George Saintsbury
  • In our forgetfulness of such "opium reading" we are oft apt to imagine the days of mysticism and the supernaturalism gone by.

British Dictionary definitions for supernaturalism


/ (ˌsuːpəˈnætʃrəlɪzəm, -ˈnætʃərə-) /

  1. the quality or condition of being supernatural

  2. a supernatural agency, the effects of which are felt to be apparent in this world

  1. belief in supernatural forces or agencies as producing effects in this world

Derived forms of supernaturalism

  • supernaturalist, noun, adjective
  • supernaturalistic, adjective

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