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supernatural


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Supernatural  \Su`per*nat"u*ral\,  a.  [Pref.  super-  +  natural:  cf 
  OF  supernaturel,  F.  surnaturel.] 
  Being  beyond,  or  exceeding,  the  power  or  laws  of  nature; 
  miraculous. 
 
  Syn:  Preternatural. 
 
  Usage:  {Supernatural},  {Preternatural}.  Preternatural 
  signifies  beside  nature,  and  supernatural,  above  or 
  beyond  nature.  What  is  very  greatly  aside  from  the 
  ordinary  course  of  things  is  preternatural;  what  is 
  above  or  beyond  the  established  laws  of  the  universe 
  is  supernatural.  The  dark  day  which  terrified  all 
  Europe  nearly  a  century  ago  was  preternatural;  the 
  resurrection  of  the  dead  is  supernatural.  ``That  form 
  which  the  earth  is  under  at  present  is  preternatural, 
  like  a  statue  made  and  broken  again.''  --T.  Burnet. 
  ``Cures  wrought  by  medicines  are  natural  operations; 
  but  the  miraculous  ones  wrought  by  Christ  and  his 
  apostles  were  supernatural.''  --Boyle. 
 
  That  is  supernatural,  whether  it  be  that  is 
  either  not  in  the  chain  of  natural  cause  and 
  effect,  or  which  acts  on  the  chain  of  cause  and 
  effect  in  nature,  from  without  the  chain. 
  --Bushnell. 
 
  We  must  not  view  creation  as  supernatural,  but 
  we  do  look  upon  it  as  miraculous.  --McCosh. 
 
  {The  supernatural},  whatever  is  above  and  beyond  the  scope, 
  or  the  established  course,  of  the  laws  of  nature.  ``Nature 
  and  the  supernatural.''  --H.  Bushnell. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  supernatural 
  adj  :  not  existing  in  nature  or  subject  to  explanation  according 
  to  natural  laws;  not  physical  or  material; 
  "supernatural  forces  and  occurrences  and  beings"  [ant: 
  {natural}] 
  n  :  supernatural  forces  and  events  and  beings  collectively;  "She 
  doesn't  believe  in  the  supernatural"  [syn:  {occult}] 




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