from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to existence outside the natural world.
- adj. Attributed to a power that seems to violate or go beyond natural forces.
- adj. Of or relating to a deity.
- adj. Of or relating to the immediate exercise of divine power; miraculous.
- adj. Of or relating to the miraculous.
- n. That which is supernatural.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Above nature; that which is beyond or added to nature, often so considered because it is given by God 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.
- adj. Not of the usual; not natural; altered by forces that are not understood fully if at all.
- adj. Neither visible nor measurable.
- n. A supernatural being.
- n. Supernatural beings and events collectively. (When used with definite article: "the supernatural".)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Being beyond, or exceeding, the power or laws of nature; miraculous.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Being beyond or exceeding the powers or laws of nature; not occurring, done, bestowed, etc., through the operation of merely physical laws, but by an agency above and separate from these.
- Of or pertaining to that which is above or beyond nature.
- Synonyms Supernatural, Miraculous, Preternatural, Superhuman, Unnatural, Extra-natural. That which is supernatural is above nature; that which is preternatural or extra-natural is outside of nature; that which is unnatural is contrary to nature, but not necessarily impossible. Supernatural is freely applicable to persons: as, supernatural visitants; preternatural sometimes; unnatural only in another sense. Supernatural is applied to beings, properties, powers, acts, in the realms of being recognized as higher than man's. In the following extract supernatural is used in the sense ordinarily expressed by extra-natural or miraculous.
- The raising of the dead to life would be miraculous, because, if brought about by a law of nature, it would be by a law outside of and above any that are known to man, and perhaps overruling some law or laws of nature. Preternatural is used especially to note that which might have been a work of nature, but is not. That which is superhuman is above the nature or powers of man. Superhuman is often used by hyperbole to note that which is very remarkable in man: as, he exhibited superhuman strength; the other words may be similarly used in a lower sense.
- n. That which is above or beyond the established course or laws of nature; something transcending nature; supernatural agencies, influence, phenomena, etc.: with the definite article.
- n. A supernatural being; a deity.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. supernatural forces and events and beings collectively
- adj. not existing in nature or subject to explanation according to natural laws; not physical or material
For, from Mr. Darwin's usual mode of speaking, it appears that by such divine action he means a supernatural intervention, whereas it is here contended that throughout the whole process of physical evolution -- the first manifestation of life included -- _supernatural_ action is assuredly not to be looked for.
LARSON: Well, this was the magic of the fair and what really ultimately persuaded me to do the book was that you had all this -- it really was as if some -- I hate to keep resorting to the term supernatural, but it was almost as if there was some -- some extra real force that brought everything together at this time.
In my opinion, the supernatural is anything unnatural but terrestrial.
Whether you consider conflicting reports written decades after the alleged miraculous occurrence sufficient evidence to believe all that you do about the supernatural is your business.
The metaphor of "depth" may be used where the supernatural is a negative force (angels come from above, demons from below, generally speaking), but either way it privileges the unnatural with a sense of primacy, of greater potency than the natural.
We had seen incredible manifestations of what we called the supernatural presence and power of God for miracles.
The unknowable world of the supernatural is a matter of metaphysical mumbo-jumbo.
The phenomena which we call supernatural and those which we call natural, I view as alike the expression of the Divine Will: a Will which acts not capriciously, nor, as the phrase is, arbitrarily, but by law, "attingens a fine usque ad finem, fortiter suaviterque disponens omnia."
To appeal to what we call the supernatural is really to rest in the imaginatively obvious, in what we ought to call the natural, if natural meant easy to conceive and originally plausible.
The moment people begin to reason about what they call the supernatural, they seem to lose their minds.