- 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.
- miracle play.
Origin of miracle
Related Words for miraclephenomenon, revelation, rarity, surprise, wonder, marvel, thaumaturgy, sensation, prodigy, stunner, portent, unusualness
Examples from the Web for miracle
Contemporary Examples of miracle
Just two young kids experiencing the panic, pain, and then the miracle, of new birth.Jesus Wasn’t Born Rich. Think About It.
December 25, 2014
And its crew had fought so hard for a Christmastime miracle that was not to be.'Please Don't Die!': The Frantic Battle to Save Murdered Cops
December 22, 2014
A Manhattan window washer somehow survived a 47-story fall back in 2007, but such a miracle was not likely to repeat itself.Rescue at One World Trade Center
November 13, 2014
Adult Swim airs ‘In Search of Miracle Man,’ its follow up to ‘Too Many Cooks,’ the deranged late-night comedy clip gone viral.There Are More 'Too Many Cooks' Where That First Fever Dream Came From
November 11, 2014
There was so much back and forth, but somehow by a miracle everything went perfectly.How Aidy Bryant Stealthily Became Your Favorite ‘Saturday Night Live’ Star
October 31, 2014
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.A Theological-Political Treatise [Part II]
Benedict of Spinoza
It were a sad world indeed if God's presence were only interference, that is, miracle.Weighed and Wanting
The school, therefore, accepted the miracle, but refused the kiss.
Sidney, straining her ears, gathered that they had seen a miracle, and that the wonder was still on them.
- 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 somethingthe bridge was a miracle of engineering
- short for miracle play
- (modifier) being or seeming a miraclea miracle cure
Word Origin for miracle
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.