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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.
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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 miraculously

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  • Sidney raised her head, but she could not see the miraculously found Edwardes.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Yes, Dorothy's sight had been restored to her as miraculously as it had been taken from her.

    Pretty Madcap Dorothy

    Laura Jean Libbey

  • Cheyne was flying to meet the only son, so miraculously restored to him.

    "Captains Courageous"

    Rudyard Kipling

  • How miraculously (said he) has God preserv'd this blessed book.

    Diary of Anna Green Winslow

    Anna Green Winslow

  • The bakery was one of the few buildings that had been miraculously spared.

    A Little Girl in Old Detroit

    Amanda Minnie Douglas


British Dictionary definitions for miraculously

miraculous

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

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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