Definition of supernal in US English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What are your thoughts on the Epistles of Paul as a source of supernal wisdom?’
    • ‘Contrast Zen, which is similar supernal understanding experienced as a single brief flash.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 Of 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’.