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.

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

Synonyms for miraculous

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

Contemporary Examples of miraculously

Historical Examples of miraculously

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


    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



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



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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