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[mir-uh-kuh l] /ˈmɪr ə kəl/
an effect or extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers and is ascribed to a supernatural cause.
such an effect or event manifesting or considered as a work of God.
a wonder; marvel.
a wonderful or surpassing example of some quality:
a miracle of modern acoustics.
Origin of miracle
1125-75; Middle English miracle, miracul (< Old French miracle) < Latin mīrāculum, equivalent to mīrā(rī) to wonder at + -culum -cle2 Unabridged
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  • In other cases tear-drops were, so to speak, the seed of the miracle.

    The Sacred Tree J. H. Philpot
  • The miracle and moral plays were in the taste of the age entirely.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • The struggle occupied some time, but by a miracle I rose slowly to the surface.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • And yet the day had come and the hour had struck, and no miracle had been wrought.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • On witnessing this miracle, a great number of spectators were converted to the Faith.

British Dictionary definitions for miracle


an event that is contrary to the established laws of nature and attributed to a supernatural cause
any amazing or wonderful event
a person or thing that is a marvellous example of something: the bridge was a miracle of engineering
short for miracle play
(modifier) being or seeming a miracle: a miracle cure
Word Origin
C12: from Latin mīrāculum, from mīrārī to wonder at
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Word Origin and History for miracle

mid-12c., "a wondrous work of God," from Old French miracle (11c.) "miracle, story of a miracle, miracle play," from Latin miraculum "object of wonder" (in Church Latin, "marvelous event caused by God"), from mirari "to wonder at, marvel, be astonished," figuratively "to regard, esteem," from mirus "wonderful, astonishing, amazing," earlier *smeiros, from PIE *smei- "to smile, laugh" (cf. Sanskrit smerah "smiling," Greek meidan "to smile," Old Church Slavonic smejo "to laugh;" see smile (v.)).

From mid-13c. as "extraordinary or remarkable feat," without regard to deity. Replaced Old English wundortacen, wundorweorc. The Greek words rendered as miracle in the English bibles were semeion "sign," teras "wonder," and dynamis "power," in Vulgate translated respectively as signum, prodigium, and virtus. The Latin word is the source of Spanish milagro, Italian miracolo.

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