Definition of miracle in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈmɪrək(ə)l


  • 1An extraordinary and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore attributed to 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.
    supernatural phenomenon, mystery, prodigy, sign
  • 1.1A remarkable event or development that brings very welcome consequences: it was a miracle that more people hadn’t been killed industries at the heart of the economic miracle
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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 exceptional 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.
    wonder, marvel, sensation, phenomenon, astonishing feat, amazing achievement


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

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