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miraculous

[mi-rak-yuh-luh s]
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adjective
  1. performed by or involving a supernatural power or agency: a miraculous cure.
  2. of the nature of a miracle; marvelous.
  3. having or seeming to have the power to work miracles: miraculous drugs.

Origin of miraculous

1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin mīrāculōsus, equivalent to Latin mīrācul(um) miracle + -ōsus -ous
Related formsmi·rac·u·lous·ly, adverbmi·rac·u·lous·ness, nounhy·per·mi·rac·u·lous, adjectivehy·per·mi·rac·u·lous·ly, adverbhy·per·mi·rac·u·lous·ness, nounnon·mi·rac·u·lous, adjectivenon·mi·rac·u·lous·ly, adverbnon·mi·rac·u·lous·ness, nounpseu·do·mi·rac·u·lous, adjectivepseu·do·mi·rac·u·lous·ly, adverbqua·si-mi·rac·u·lous, adjectivequa·si-mi·rac·u·lous·ly, adverbun·mi·rac·u·lous, adjectiveun·mi·rac·u·lous·ly, adverb

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2. extraordinary. Miraculous, preternatural, supernatural refer to that which seems to transcend the laws of nature. Miraculous refers to something that apparently contravenes known laws governing the universe: a miraculous success. Preternatural suggests the possession of supernormal qualities: Dogs have a preternatural sense of smell. It may also mean supernatural: Elves are preternatural beings. Supernatural suggests divine or superhuman properties: supernatural aid in battle.
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Examples from the Web for miraculous

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  • All at once, Jason bethought himself of the galley's miraculous figure-head.

    Tanglewood Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • The knowledge that comes from the blue is not like that—it is more important and miraculous.

    Green Mansions

    W. H. Hudson

  • But in his heart he was almost awed by the miraculous cleverness of the English police.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • The miraculous, which could not be verified, must be a food necessary to human despair.

  • The escape, if the Captain's story were true, appeared to border upon the miraculous.

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle


British Dictionary definitions for miraculous

miraculous

adjective
  1. of, like, or caused by a miracle; marvellous
  2. surprising
  3. having the power to work miracles
Derived Formsmiraculously, adverbmiraculousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for miraculous

adj.

mid-15c., from Middle French miraculeux, from Medieval Latin miraculosus, from Latin miraculum "miracle, marvel, wonder" (see miracle). Related: Miraculously (early 15c.); miraculousness.

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