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.

supernatural beings, behavior, and occurrences collectively.
supernatural forces and the supernatural plane of existence:
a deep fear of the supernatural.

Contemporary Examples

The gods live in a supernatural world and yet they are not unreachable.
The Real Reason for Christmas Nicholas Wade December 13, 2009

My guess is that in the final moments of the season the supernatural elements of the show will recede.
How ‘True Detective’ Will End Andrew Romano March 2, 2014

One common feature of religions is that of supernatural agents.
The Real Reason for Christmas Nicholas Wade December 13, 2009

The supernatural True Blood has emerged as its biggest audience hit since The Sopranos.
Game of Thrones Comes to HBO Jace Lacob April 3, 2011

The destruction of this divine refuge counts as inevitable, for all the heroism and supernatural abilities of its inhabitants.
The New York Times as Substitute for Religion Michael Medved June 2, 2011

Historical Examples

It is no concern of ours to explain the phenomenon that followed, or to tone down its supernatural elements.
Expositor’s Bible: The Gospel of St Luke Henry Burton

Certainly, many of the workings of Nature are wonderful, but they are not supernatural.
The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Emile Zola

And consequently they were thought to be of a supernatural origin and eternal duration.
The Positive Outcome of Philosophy Joseph Dietzgen

It could not have been that his ‘foreknowledge’ was supernatural.
Homeward Bound James Fenimore Cooper

And the new machines that make all impossibilities come to pass inspire a significant class of supernatural stories.
The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction Dorothy Scarborough

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

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.).


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