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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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  • It could equally be that belief in secret earthly powers compensates for the loss of supernatural convictions.
  • He is a self-employed expert in protecting people from incursions by the supernatural world.
  • One: human beings come into the world with a predisposition to believe in supernatural phenomena.
  • The existence of the supernatural, if accepted, testifies to the existence of that other world so desperately desired.
  • One thing scientists agree on, though, is that the requirement of testability excludes supernatural explanations.
  • Offers a defense of religious naturalism, which denies both a deity and the supernatural.
  • Stories about the skulls focus heavily on their perceived supernatural powers.
  • By definition science does not allow the supernatural.
  • So, of course, within this robust internal dictionary there exists a veritable rogues gallery of supernatural beasts.
  • In short, awareness of a ghost-a supernatural agent-made people less likely to cheat.
British Dictionary definitions for supernatural


/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
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Word Origin and History for supernatural

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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