Definition of supernal in English:



  • 1Relating to the sky or the heavens; celestial.

    • ‘You may be trying to invoke the ‘echos from the supernal world’ but they're everywhere and where-ever people say they're doing magic there's a bit of truth there.’
    • ‘This freedom, however, is enjoyed only by ‘the divine and supernal substances’ and by human beings engaged in the contemplation of God.’
    • ‘What are your thoughts on the Epistles of Paul as a source of supernal wisdom?’
    • ‘Here the name of the possible supernal comes forward as a face full of brilliance, a self-organizing principle in the complex geometry of chance and revelation, an entire ethics, really.’
    • ‘Contrast Zen, which is similar supernal understanding experienced as a single brief flash.’
    1. 1.1Of exceptional quality or extent.
      ‘he is the supernal poet of our age’
      ‘supernal erudition’


Late Middle English: from Old French, or from medieval Latin supernalis, from Latin supernus, from super above.