supernaturalism

supernaturalism

[soo-per-nach-er-uh-liz-uhm, -nach-ruh-liz-uhm]
noun
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:
1790–1800; supernatural + -ism

supernaturalist, noun, adjective
supernaturalistic, adjective
antisupernaturalism, noun
antisupernaturalist, noun, adjective
antisupernaturalistic, adjective
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supernaturalism (ˌsuːpəˈnætʃrəlɪzəm, -ˈnætʃərə-)
 
n
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
 
super'naturalist
 
n, —adj
 
supernatural'istic
 
adj

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supernaturalism

a belief in an otherworldly realm or reality that, in one way or another, is commonly associated with all forms of religion.

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