Supernatural vs Mysticism - What's the difference?
supernatural | mysticism |
Above nature; that which is 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, is considered to be a supernatural addition to human nature.
Not of the usual; not natural; altered by forces that are not understood fully if at all.
Neither visible nor measurable.
(countable) A supernatural being.
(uncountable) Supernatural beings and events collectively.
* 2012 , Blake Morrison, The Guardian , [http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/jul/20/blake-morrison-under-the-witches-spell?INTCMP=SRCH]:
The beliefs, ideas, or thoughts of mystics.
A doctrine of direct communication or spiritual intuition of divine truth.
A transcendental union of soul or mind with the divine reality or divinity.
Obscure thoughts and speculations.
As nouns the difference between supernatural and mysticismis that supernatural is (countable) a supernatural being while mysticism is the beliefs, ideas, or thoughts of mystics.
As an adjective supernaturalis above nature; that which is 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, is considered to be a supernatural addition to human nature.
- The house is haunted by supernatural forces.
Synonyms* extraordinary, paranormal, preternatural, supranatural, unnatural
Antonyms* ordinary * natural
- Dr Johnson defended Shakespeare's use of the supernatural from the charge of implausibility on the grounds that, "The reality of witchcraft … has in all ages and countries been credited by the common people, and in most by the learned."