[ mi-rak-yuh-luhs ]
/ mɪˈræk yə ləs /
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performed by or involving a supernatural power or agency: a miraculous cure.
of the nature of a miracle; marvelous.
having or seeming to have the power to work miracles: miraculous drugs.
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Origin of miraculous

1400–50; late Middle English, from Medieval Latin mīrāculōsus, equivalent to Latin mīrācul(um)miracle + -ōsus-ous

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2. 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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What does miraculous mean?

Miraculous is used to describe something done by or involving a supernatural power, as in Rising from the dead is a miraculous feat!

This sense of miraculous is frequently limited to religious use. In many faiths, something being miraculous implies an action of a deity. However, some people believe that something can be miraculous due to the forces of nature.

Miraculous is also used figuratively to describe something whose working isn’t well understood or whose results are exceptionally wonderful. It appears to work by miracle, that is, an action by a deity. You might hear medicines or cures described as miraculous because they seem to work by miracle or the results are so wonderful, like the results of a miracle would be.

Example: The acquisition went through miraculously and everyone got what they wanted.

Where does miraculous come from?

The first records of the term miraculous come from the 1400s. It comes from the Medieval Latin mīrāculōsus.

Miraculous, preternatural, and supernatural all describe something that seems to exceed natural laws. Miraculous is used to describe something that naturally, or unnaturally, goes beyond what was once thought possible in a certain field or situation. This is why many people use miraculous to describe medical treatments, because the advancement of medical technology routinely creates solutions for problems that were once unsolvable.

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What are some other forms related to miraculous?

  • miraculously (adverb)
  • miraculousness (noun)
  • hypermiraculous (adjective)

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How is miraculous used in real life?

Miraculous is usually used within the context of being awed at something or with a sense of amazement. But, it can also be used facetiously when something is actually underwhelming.


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Which of the following is NOT a synonym for miraculous?

A. extraordinary
B. supernatural
C. ordinary
D. incredible

How to use miraculous in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for miraculous

/ (mɪˈrækjʊləs) /

of, like, or caused by a miracle; marvellous
having the power to work miracles

Derived forms of miraculous

miraculously, adverbmiraculousness, noun
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