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Supernatural being   /sˌupərnˈætʃərəl bˈiɪŋ/   Listen
Supernatural being

An incorporeal being believed to have powers to affect the course of human events.  Synonym: spiritual being.

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"Supernatural being" Quotes from Famous Books

... his conceptions, be accounted for by an Intelligent Will. The common, or what may be called the instinctive, religious interpretation of nature, is the reverse of this. The events in which men spontaneously see the hand of a supernatural being, are those which can not, as they think, be reduced to a physical law. What they can distinctly connect with physical causes, and especially what they can predict, though of course ascribed to an Author of Nature, if they already recognize such an author, ...
— A System Of Logic, Ratiocinative And Inductive • John Stuart Mill

... races) persuade themselves that Death burst on the world when some passage of the ritual was first omitted, or when some custom was first infringed. Yet again, Death is fabled to have first claimed us for his victims in consequence of the erroneous delivery of a favourable message from some powerful supernatural being, or because of the failure of some enterprise which would have resulted in the overthrow of Death, or by virtue of a pact or covenant between Death and the gods. Thus it will be seen that death is often (though by no means invariably) ...
— Modern Mythology • Andrew Lang

... Another supernatural being associated with water was the Gwrach y Rhibyn. She was supposed to reside in the dripping fog, but was seldom, if ever seen. It was believed that her shriek foretold misfortune, if not death, to the hearer, and some even thought that, in a ...
— Welsh Folk-Lore - a Collection of the Folk-Tales and Legends of North Wales • Elias Owen

... directly from nature. In ideation the primal bases of thought must have been founded, ab initio, upon sensual perceptions; hence, must have been materialistic and natural. Spencer, on the contrary, maintains that in man, "the first traceable conception of a supernatural being is the conception of ...
— Religion and Lust - or, The Psychical Correlation of Religious Emotion and Sexual Desire • James Weir

Words linked to "Supernatural being" :   occult, deity, aeon, eon, disembodied spirit, sprite, immortal, Beelzebub, Old Nick, divinity, devil, the Tempter, Satan, Supreme Being, Prince of Darkness, angel, lucifer, trickster, belief, fairy, spirit, faery, supernatural, god, faerie, fay

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