miracle

[mir-uh-kuh l]
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noun
  1. an effect or extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers and is ascribed to a supernatural cause.
  2. such an effect or event manifesting or considered as a work of God.
  3. a wonder; marvel.
  4. a wonderful or surpassing example of some quality: a miracle of modern acoustics.
  5. miracle play.

Origin of miracle

1125–75; Middle English miracle, miracul (< Old French miracle) < Latin mīrāculum, equivalent to mīrā(rī) to wonder at + -culum -cle2
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Historical Examples of miracle

  • Grace and a miracle had made the startling fact palpable and evident.

  • A miracle in the sense of a contravention of natural laws an absurdity.

  • It were a sad world indeed if God's presence were only interference, that is, miracle.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • The school, therefore, accepted the miracle, but refused the kiss.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Sidney, straining her ears, gathered that they had seen a miracle, and that the wonder was still on them.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart


British Dictionary definitions for miracle

miracle

noun
  1. an event that is contrary to the established laws of nature and attributed to a supernatural cause
  2. any amazing or wonderful event
  3. a person or thing that is a marvellous example of somethingthe bridge was a miracle of engineering
  4. short for miracle play
  5. (modifier) being or seeming a miraclea miracle cure

Word Origin for miracle

C12: from Latin mīrāculum, from mīrārī to wonder at
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Word Origin and History for miracle
n.

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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