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


supernatural character or agency.
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
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for supernaturalist

Historical Examples of supernaturalist

  • There was a time when everything depended on the supernaturalist.

  • But precisely in virtue of that bias, he is the opponent of the supernaturalist bias.


    John Mackinnon Robertson

  • Emerson was always profoundly religious, at heart a supernaturalist.

    Recollections and Impressions

    Octavius Brooks Frothingham

  • The supernaturalist theory gives way to that of the expert neurologist.

    Religion & Sex

    Chapman Cohen

  • The supernaturalist alleges that religion was revealed to man by God, and that the form of this revelation is a sacred book.

    God and my Neighbour

    Robert Blatchford

British Dictionary definitions for supernaturalist



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