supernal

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From Old French supernel or Medieval Latin supernalis, from Latin supernus, from superum (celestial regions, heavenly bodies).

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /suːˈpɜː.nəl/, /sjuːˈpɜː.nəl/, /sʊˈpɜː.nəl/
  • (US) IPA(key): /suˈpɝ.nəl/, /sʊˈpɝ.nəl/, /səˈpɝ.nəl/
  • Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)nəl

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supernal (comparative more supernal, superlative most supernal)

  1. Pertaining to heaven or to the sky; celestial.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses
      [] and there, after due prayers to the gods who dwell in ether supernal, had taken solemn counsel whereby they might, if so be it might be, bring once more into honour among mortal men the winged speech of the seadivided Gael.
  2. Exalted, exquisite, superlative.

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