April 7th, 2011

words are sexy

supramundane

supramundane (SUU-pruh-mun-dayn) - adj., situated above the world.


As in celestial, if you insist on getting physical, but can also mean belonging to the spiritual world as opposed to the natural world (so a sort of fancy synonym of supernatural), or in Platonic philosophy belonging to the ideal world as opposed to the sensible world we can detect. The term also seems to come up in Buddhist theology, for some reason. Possibly the best way to think of it as "pertaining or existing in the astral plane."

Sometimes she sat gazing into space, giving the impression of being not so much lost in her own thoughts as the watcher of some supramundane world invisible to the other students.

---L.