supernaturalism

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n supernaturalism the quality of being attributed to power that seems to violate or go beyond natural forces
    • n supernaturalism a belief in forces beyond ordinary human understanding
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There is an area located off the south-eastern Atlantic coast of the United States called the "Bermuda Triangle." It is known for a high rate of unexplained losses of ships, small boats, and aircraft, which has led some people to believe that this triangle has supernatural powers
    • Supernaturalism (Theol) The doctrine of a divine and supernatural agency in the production of the miracles and revelations recorded in the Bible, and in the grace which renews and sanctifies men, -- in opposition to the doctrine which denies the agency of any other than physical or natural causes in the case.
    • Supernaturalism The quality or state of being supernatural; supernaturalness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n supernaturalism The state or character of being supernatural.
    • n supernaturalism Belief in the supernatural. Specifically— The doctrine that there is a personal God who is superior to and supreme in nature, and directs and controls it: in this sense opposed to naturalism.
    • n supernaturalism Also supranaturalism.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Supernaturalism the belief in the influence of the supernatural in the world
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Quotations

  • Joseph Conrad
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    “The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.”
  • Elbert Hubbard
    Elbert%20Hubbard
    “The supernatural is the natural not yet understood.”
  • Simone Weil
    Simone%20Weil
    “Real genius is nothing else but the supernatural virtue of humility in the domain of thought.”
  • Rutherford Platt
    Rutherford Platt
    “We can see a thousand miracles around us every day. What is more supernatural than an egg yolk turning into a chicken?”
  • Amelia E. Barr
    Amelia E. Barr
    “Whatever the scientists may say, if we take the supernatural out of life, we leave only the unnatural.”
  • Edward Abbey
    Edward Abbey
    “Belief in the supernatural reflects a failure of the imagination.”

Usage

In literature:

It was usually an original interpretation of supernatural phenomena varying widely even in one individual from time to time.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 3, 1918" by Various
In the unexplored regions of penny periodical romance I have met with many better specimens of supernatural dialogue.
"Devil-Worship in France" by Arthur Edward Waite
I trembled from head to foot under the consciousness of this supernatural vitality.
"The Atlantic Monthly , Volume 2, No. 14, December 1858" by Various
I am not afraid of ghosts, nor do I believe in the supernatural.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 1 (of 8)" by Guy de Maupassant
The general notion among the crew was that she was something strange and supernatural.
"Mark Seaworth" by William H.G. Kingston
I ask Captain Harding if he sees anything supernatural in all this.
"The Secret of the Island" by W.H.G. Kingston (translation from Jules Verne)
We stood aghast; the hair rose straight up from our heads, as we viewed the supernatural reappearances.
"The Pacha of Many Tales" by Frederick Marryat
Vanslyperken then narrated to his mother the unexpected interview with Smallbones, and his surmise that the lad was supernaturally gifted.
"Snarley-yow" by Frederick Marryat
He possessed supernatural strength.
"The Myth of Hiawatha, and Other Oral Legends, Mythologic and Allegoric, of the North American Indians" by Henry R. Schoolcraft
In what respect are the supernatural characters important?
"Teachers' Outlines for Studies in English" by Gilbert Sykes Blakely
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In poetry:

I shall not see its like again! the brow
Of passive marble, purely aureoled,--
As some pale lily in the afterglow,--
With supernatural gold.
"Remembered" by Madison Julius Cawein
The world moves on; let none essay
To block it in its onward course,
Lest they like chaff be swept away
As by a supernatural force;
For laggards progress does not wait--
Keep pace with time or bide your fate.
"Father Of Universal Man" by Joseph Horatio Chant
It was a supernatural effort, but she succeeded at last,
And Jenny thanked God when the danger was past,
But at the same instant the silence was broke
By a loud explosion, which soon filled the mine with smoke.
"Jenny Carrister, The Heroine of Lucknow-Mine" by William Topaz McGonagall
There were big apples lying on the ground,
Shining, quite still, as though they had been stunned
By some great violent spirit stalking through,
Leaving a deep and supernatural calm
Round a dead beetle upturned in a furrow.
"Silence" by Walter James Turner

In news:

Searching for the Supernatural .
Ghost Hunting With Knoxville's Investigators of the Supernatural .
Call this a UTC win for the 'supernatural .
'Batwoman' series finds real life amid the supernatural .
ABC looks to country music, the supernatural for 2012-13 schedule.
The Season of the Supernatural .
'Vampire Woman' Takes Her Love for the Supernatural to a New Level.
'Discovery' takes historian into the supernatural .
Search for the Supernatural .
Tonight, in a special assignment report, Seven's Louis Aguirre takes us on the Search for the Supernatural .
The sun has set on the "Twilight" franchise with one last blockbuster opening for the supernatural romance.
Well, Supernatural fans — the wait is officially over.
Sid Roth It's Supernatural.
Investigative Reporter, Sid Roth, verifies the supernatural.
Found footage helps a true-crime novelist realize how and why a family was murdered in his new home, though his discoveries put his entire family in the path of a supernatural entity.
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In science:

Suppose that A ⊗ Mp and B ⊗ Mp are isomorphic for any supernatural number p and Mp is the UHF-algebra associated with p. W.
Asymptotically Unitary Equivalence and Classification of Simple Amenable C*-algebras
Suppose that β ∈ Aut(B ⊗ Mp) for which [β ] = [idB⊗Mp ] in KK (B ⊗ Mp, B ⊗ Mp) and βT = (idB⊗Mp )T for some supernatural number p of infinite type.
Asymptotically Unitary Equivalence and Classification of Simple Amenable C*-algebras
Suppose that, for some pair of relatively prime supernatural numbers p and q of infinite type such that Mp ⊗ Mq ∼= Q, T R(A ⊗ Mp) ≤ 1, T R(B ⊗ Mp) ≤ 1, T R(A ⊗ Mq) ≤ 1 and T R(B ⊗ Mq)) ≤ 1.
Asymptotically Unitary Equivalence and Classification of Simple Amenable C*-algebras
Denote by A the class of those unital simple C ∗ -algebras A in N for which T R(A ⊗ Mp) ≤ 1 for any supernatural number p of infinite type.
Asymptotically Unitary Equivalence and Classification of Simple Amenable C*-algebras
Then, for any supernatural number p, T R(A ⊗ Mp) ≤ 1.
Asymptotically Unitary Equivalence and Classification of Simple Amenable C*-algebras
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