Meaning of supernatural

su•per•nat•u•ral

Pronunciation: (s"pur-nach'ur-ul, -nach'rul), [key]
— adj.
  1. of, pertaining to, or being above or beyond what is natural; unexplainable by natural law or phenomena; abnormal.
  2. of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or attributed to God or a deity.
  3. of a superlative degree; preternatural: a missile of supernatural speed.
  4. of, pertaining to, or attributed to ghosts, goblins, or other unearthly beings; eerie; occult.
—n.
  1. a being, place, object, occurrence, etc., considered as supernatural or of supernatural origin; that which is supernatural, or outside the natural order.
  2. behavior supposedly caused by the intervention of supernatural beings.
  3. direct influence or action of a deity on earthly affairs.
  4. a deep fear of the supernatural.
    1. supernatural beings, behavior, and occurrences collectively.
    2. supernatural forces and the supernatural plane of existence:a deep fear of the supernatural.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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