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marvelous

[mahr-vuh-luh s] /ˈmɑr və ləs/
adjective
1.
superb; excellent; great:
a marvelous show.
2.
such as to cause wonder, admiration, or astonishment; surprising; extraordinary.
3.
improbable or incredible:
the marvelous events of Greek myth.
Also, especially British, marvellous.
Origin of marvelous
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English merve(il)lous < Middle French merveilleus. See marvel, -ous
Related forms
marvelously, adverb
marvellousness, noun
supermarvelous, adjective
supermarvelously, adverb
supermarvelousness, noun
unmarvellous, adjective
unmarvellously, adverb
unmarvellousness, noun
unmarvelous, adjective
unmarvelously, adverb
unmarvelousness, noun
Synonyms
1. wonderful. 2. wondrous, amazing, miraculous. 3. unbelievable.
Antonyms
1. terrible. 2. commonplace.
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  • "marvellous, indeed, is the mystery of our being," exclaimed Anaxagoras.

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  • One of the marvellous things about the child was his utter lack of favouritism.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • By what marvellous agency did the river force its way between?

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • For a few moments I could revel in the marvellous spectacle before me.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • And which was to work a marvellous effect on the intestines.

  • As for his marvellous power, I shall bless it and reverence it all my life.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
British Dictionary definitions for marvellous

marvellous

/ˈmɑːvələs/
adjective
1.
causing great wonder, surprise, etc; extraordinary
2.
improbable or incredible
3.
excellent; splendid
Derived Forms
marvellously, (US) marvelously, adverb
marvellousness, (US) marvelousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for marvellous
adj.

see marvelous.

marvelous

adj.

c.1300, "causing wonder," from Old French merveillos "marvelous, wonderful" (Modern French merveilleux), from merveille (see marvel (n.)). Weakened sense of "splendid, very nice" is from 1924. Related: Marvelously.

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