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[soo-per-nach-er-uh-liz-uh m, -nach-ruh-liz-uh m]
  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.
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Origin of supernaturalism

First recorded in 1790–1800; supernatural + -ism
Related formssu·per·nat·u·ral·ist, noun, adjectivesu·per·nat·u·ral·is·tic, adjectivean·ti·su·per·nat·ur·al·ism, nounan·ti·su·per·nat·ur·al·ist, noun, adjectivean·ti·su·per·nat·ur·al·is·tic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for supernaturalism

Historical Examples

  • They are not the sins of supernaturalism, but the sins of nature.

    Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens

    G. K. Chesterton

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

    Theism or Atheism

    Chapman Cohen

  • The supernaturalism often lacks the naturalness which is necessary.

  • They each in his own department broke the bonds of supernaturalism in the domain of Nature.


    Joseph Le Conte

  • It is false because it does away with the supernaturalism of Paul's teaching.

British Dictionary definitions for supernaturalism


  1. the quality or condition of being supernatural
  2. a supernatural agency, the effects of which are felt to be apparent in this world
  3. belief in supernatural forces or agencies as producing effects in this world
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Derived Formssupernaturalist, noun, adjectivesupernaturalistic, adjective
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