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1. Celestial; heavenly.
2. Of, coming from, or being in the sky or high above.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin supernus; see uper in Indo-European roots.]

su·per′nal·ly adv.


(suːˈpɜːnəl; sjuː-)
1. of or from the world of the divine; celestial
2. of or emanating from above or from the sky
[C15: from Medieval Latin supernālis, from Latin supernus that is on high, from super above]
suˈpernally adv


(sʊˈpɜr nl)

1. heavenly, celestial, or divine.
2. lofty; of more than human excellence, powers, etc.
3. being on high or in the sky or visible heavens.
[1475–85; < Middle French < Latin supern(us) upper + -ālis -al1]
su•per′nal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.supernal - being or coming from on high; "interpret the plague as a visitation from heaven, a supernal punishment for the sins of men"
heavenly - of or belonging to heaven or god
infernal - being of the underworld; "infernal regions"
2.supernal - of heaven or the spirit; "celestial peace"; "ethereal melodies"; "the supernal happiness of a quiet death"
heavenly - of or belonging to heaven or god
References in classic literature ?
Come in thy lowest form of love, and I will kneel and kiss thee; but at thy highest, come as mere supernal power; and though thou launchest navies of full-freighted worlds, there's that in here that still remains indifferent.
It was known that Merlin had been busy whole days and nights together, imbuing Sir Sagramor's arms and armor with supernal powers of offense and defense, and that he had procured for him from the spirits of the air a fleecy veil which would render the wearer invisible to his antagonist while still visible to other men.
Him followed his next Mate, Both glorying to have scap't the STYGIAN flood As Gods, and by their own recover'd strength, Not by the sufferance of supernal Power.
It was all up with him," continued Aramis; "ah I much fear that with all your wisdom such mercy yet will prove supernal folly.
The struggle to apprehend the supernal Loveliness -- this struggle, on the part of souls fittingly constituted -- has given to the world all that which it (the world) has ever been enabled at once to understand and to feel as poetic.
It is in Music perhaps that the soul most nearly attains the great end for which, when inspired by the Poetic Sentiment, it struggles -- the creation of supernal Beauty.
It has been my purpose to suggest that, while this principle itself is strictly and simply the Human Aspiration for Supernal Beauty, the manifestation of the Principle is always found in an elevating excitement of the soul, quite independent of that passion which is the intoxication of the Heart, or of that truth which is the satisfaction of the Reason.
It is no honest and blunt tu-whit tu-who of the poets, but, without jesting, a most solemn graveyard ditty, the mutual consolations of suicide lovers remembering the pangs and the delights of supernal love in the infernal groves.
Stelling, it lay quite beyond Tom's power to detect it; it is only by a wide comparison of facts that the wisest full-grown man can distinguish well-rolled barrels from mere supernal thunder.
As for imagination-based prophecy, Treiger shows how significant it is for the model of the Preserved Tablet and a curtain, but also stresses that, in sharp contrast with Avicenna, al-Ghazali does not accord a special role to imagination in the process of cognition nor does he make a distinction between two possible ways of connection with the supernal realm, i.
The ultimate good, the final end is to achieve this supernal fellowship, to participate in this high glory in which the soul is forever involved with the existence of God the Creator, who is the cause and source of its existence and its goal.
The final poem, "Envoi: to Mary Crowned Queen of Heaven," is addressed directly to Mary as both queen and muse: "Take at my hands this paltry crown of prayer / fashioned from my too-worldly meditation, / and grant, my queen, this mendicant a share /in thy supernal rose-crowned contemplation.