The supernatural


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whatever is above and beyond the scope, or the established course, of the laws of nature.
- H. Bushnell.

See also: Supernatural

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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"Then you are yourself inclining to the supernatural explanation."
Now, take away the awful fear, and my sensations at feeling the supernatural hand in mine were very similar, in their strangeness, to those which I experienced on waking up and seeing Queequeg's pagan arm thrown round me.
Editors of scientific journals, quarrelling with believers in the supernatural, spilled seas of ink during this memorable campaign, some even drawing blood; for from the sea-serpent they came to direct personalities.
As the lad could boast a considerable former experience with the supernatural thereabouts his word had the weight justly due to the testimony of an expert.
Then for the first time he was conscious of a sense of the supernatural and drove home as rapidly as his willing horse would go.
Whatever might be the supernatural influences among these mountains, the travellers found their physical difficulties hard to cope with.
Wace imparts to the whole, in a thorough-going way, the manners of chivalry, and adds, among other things, a mention of the Round Table, which Geoffrey, somewhat chary of the supernatural, had chosen to omit, though it was one of the early elements of the Welsh tradition.
The introduction and first two chapters provide readers with a general scholarly argument for the significance of the supernatural, an overarching way of thinking about the supernatural, and a framework for conducting inquiry into the supernatural.
Collaborative collected and co-edited by the team of Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough (a lecturer in medieval literature at Durham University in the UK), Danielle Marie Cudmore (a lecturer at Halmstad University in Sweden), and Stefan Donecker (a research fellow at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna), "Imagining the Supernatural North" is an interdisciplinary collection of articles by sixteen scholars from twelve countries exploring the notion of the North as a realm of the supernatural.
They classify the three groups of the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit as discernment, demonstration, and declaration gifts.
Along the way, Weinstock summarizes and appraises various theories about the popularity of the supernatural tale and its relationship to such historical factors as the rise of interest in Spiritualism and the occult, the critique of or backlash against Enlightenment rationalism, the emergence and development of psychoanalysis, the increasing tendency to view supernatural phenomena as products or features of the human mind, and the American fascination with death and mourning.
Red, white, and spooked; the supernatural in American culture.