Definition of miracle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmirək(ə)l/


1A surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore considered to be the work of a divine agency: the miracle of rising from the grave
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  • A number of local shrines and icons that have survived earthquakes or other natural disasters are revered as evidence of miracles or divine intervention.
  • The miracles and extraordinary events of the gospels were reduced to allegory and one was left with that very English type of faith: tolerant, accommodating Anglicanism.
  • Sir Isaac Newton is enlisted to debunk magic, miracles and divine intervention, but we are not told why Newton remained a devout Christian to his life's end.
1.1A highly improbable or extraordinary event, development, or accomplishment that brings very welcome consequences: it was a miracle that more people hadn’t been killed or injured
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  • I still wait in anticipation and hope for a miracle that may bring us back together.
  • In New Zealand, so they tell us, an economic miracle has been performed and a dream world has been created which is the envy of the entire globe.
  • As a consequence, the miracles that most frequently came up in the interviews were miracles in the economic sphere.
1.2An amazing product or achievement, or an outstanding example of something: a machine which was a miracle of design [as modifier]: a miracle drug
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  • Secondly, the press this week hailed cannabis as a wonder drug and a miracle cure.
  • The new miracle drugs are genetic-based, promising better outcomes for smaller groups of patients with particular genes.
  • It moves in an unpredictable fashion more suggestive of an intoxicated sailor than a miracle of modern engineering.


Middle English: via Old French from Latin miraculum 'object of wonder', from mirari 'to wonder', from mirus 'wonderful'.

  • In Latin a miraculum was ‘an object of wonder’ and was formed from mirus ‘wonderful’. These also lie behind admiration (Late Middle English) and marvel (Middle English).

Words that rhyme with miracle

empirical, lyrical, panegyrical, satirical

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Syllabification: mir·a·cle

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