Paranormal vs. Supernatural

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Paranormal and Supernatural is that the paranormal events are phenomena described in popular culture, folklore, and other non-scientific bodies of knowledge, whose existence within these contexts is described to lie beyond normal experience or scientific explanation and Supernatural is a term meaning “that which is not subject to the laws of physics”.

  • Paranormal

    Paranormal events are phenomena described in popular culture, folk, and other non-scientific bodies of knowledge, whose existence within these contexts is described to lie beyond normal experience or scientific explanation.

    A paranormal phenomenon is different from hypothetical concepts such as dark matter and dark energy. Unlike paranormal phenomena, these hypothetical concepts are based on empirical observations and experimental data gained through the scientific method.

    The most notable paranormal beliefs include those that pertain to ghosts, extraterrestrial life, unidentified flying objects, psychic abilities or extrasensory perception, and cryptids.

  • Supernatural

    The supernatural (Medieval Latin: supernātūrālis: supra “above” + naturalis “natural”, first used: 1520–1530 AD) are those things, or things that have been claimed to exist, which cannot be explained by the laws of nature, including things characteristic of or relating to ghosts, gods, or other types of spirits and other non-material beings, or to things beyond nature.

    Things such as lightning which were once thought to be supernatural have been shown to be entirely naturalistic, and some people claim that there is nothing supernatural. Such people maintain a skeptical attitude and belief.

  • Paranormal (adjective)

    That (ostensibly) cannot be explained by what scientists know; supernatural; especially of or pertaining to ghosts, spirits, and hypothesized abilities like telepathy.

  • Paranormal (noun)

    A person to whom paranormal powers are attributed

  • Paranormal (noun)

    Paranormal phenomena collectively, or as a field of study

  • Supernatural (adjective)

    Above nature; beyond or added to nature, often so considered because it is given by a deity or some force beyond that which humans are born with.

    “In Roman Catholic theology, sanctifying grace is considered to be a supernatural addition to human nature.”

    “Stephen King’s first novel is about a girl named Carrie dealing with supernatural powers.”

  • Supernatural (adjective)

    Not of the usual; not natural; altered by forces that are not understood fully if at all.

    “The house is haunted by supernatural forces.”

  • Supernatural (noun)

    A supernatural being

  • Supernatural (noun)

    Supernatural beings and events collectively when used with definite article: “the supernatural”

  • Paranormal (adjective)

    denoting events or phenomena such as telekinesis or clairvoyance that are beyond the scope of normal scientific understanding

    “an investigator of the paranormal”

    “a mystic who can prove he has paranormal powers”

  • Supernatural (adjective)

    (of a manifestation or event) attributed to some force beyond scientific understanding or the laws of nature

    “a supernatural being”

  • Supernatural (adjective)

    unnaturally or extraordinarily great

    “a woman of supernatural beauty”

  • Supernatural (noun)

    manifestations or events considered to be of supernatural origin, such as ghosts

    “a frightening manifestation of the supernatural”

Oxford Dictionary

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