Sunday, June 24, 2012


supernal [sʊˈpɜrnl] a.

1.) That is above or on high; existing or dwelling in the heavens.
2.) Belonging to the realm or state above this world or this present life; pertaining to a higher world or state of existence; coming from above.
3.) Situated above or at the top, upper; above ground; high up, lofty in position. rare.
4.) High in rank or dignity, elevated, exalted.
5.) Supremely great or excellent, ‘divine’ (Oxford English Dictionary 2nd Edition).

Etymology: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin supernus.

"— King John:
From whom hast thou this great commission, France,
To draw my answer from thy articles?
King Philip:
From that supernal judge, that stirs good thoughts
In any breast of strong authority,
To look into the blots and stains of right:
That judge hath made me guardian to this boy:
Under whose warrant I impeach thy wrong
And by whose help I mean to chastise it."
(The Life and Death of King John, William Shakespeare, 1623)

("The Separation of Light from Darkness", Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, Michaelangelo Buonarroti, ~1512)


Meri said...

is this like the opposite of infernal?

D4 said...

I like this one. Makes things easier for me in certain religion based conversations.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

A new word to me! Could come in handy from time to time.

MRanthrope said...

I seek the supernal wisdom of my divisional manager...because my regular boss is retarded. ha

Jenny Woolf said...

We used to sing a very nice Christmas carol at school which contained the line "King of Quires supernal"

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