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supernatural

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin supernaturalis, from super (above) + natura (nature; that which we are born with), from natus (born), perfect passive participle of nasci (to be born) + adjective suffix -alis.

PronunciationEdit

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AdjectiveEdit

supernatural (comparative more supernatural, superlative most supernatural)

  1. Above nature; that which is beyond or added to nature, often so considered because it is given by a deity or some force beyond that which humans are born with. In Roman Catholic theology, sanctifying grace is considered to be a supernatural addition to human nature.
  2. Not of the usual; not natural; altered by forces that are not understood fully if at all.
  3. Neither visible nor measurable.

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NounEdit

supernatural (plural supernaturals)

  1. (countable) A supernatural being.
  2. (uncountable) Supernatural beings and events collectively. (When used with definite article: "the supernatural".)
    • 2012, Blake Morrison, The Guardian, [1]:
      Dr Johnson defended Shakespeare's use of the supernatural from the charge of implausibility on the grounds that, "The reality of witchcraft … has in all ages and countries been credited by the common people, and in most by the learned."

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