mirabile dictu love

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • interj. Wonderful to relate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • interj. wonderfully, amazingly; It's a miracle!

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Wonderful to relate.

Etymologies

Latin mīrābile dictū : mīrābile, neuter sing. of mīrābilis, wonderful + dictū, ablative sing. supine of dīcere, to say.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin, mirabilis ("wonderful") + dictum, supine of dico ("speak, tell") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Worse, there would never be any wonderful surprises, as I look for X and Y but, mirabile dictu, find Z, which I thought I had lost years ago.

    The Life Well-Read

  • Added Krauthammer, “Obama has now decided that the man he simply could not banish because he had become part of Obama himself is, mirabile dictu, surgically excised.”

    Deconstructing Obama

  • There were two "spoiled ballots" in my opinion, one vote for McCain--and, mirabile dictu, Mike Brock showed up late to throw in a solitary vote for Obama.

    Archive 2008-11-01

  • UPPERDATE: August 29 The blogswarm continues--and, mirabile dictu, there are some signs of life from the media.

    Archive 2007-08-01

  • Millions of women, mirabile dictu, still love the men in their lives and are disgusted by what's become the fashionable demonization of men.

    Archive 2007-01-01

  • De jure recognition of English would, mirabile dictu, change nothing.

    Firedoglake » Lieberman Supports Anti-Choice License Plates For Connecticut

  • My teacher, mirabile dictu, had been right about what my target market wanted: a little girl in braids, spouting grammatical incorrectness.

    Author! Author! » Blog Archive » Eye on the prize: living with feedback

  • Again, you guys cavilierly “disprove” every single damn Nature or Science paper, mirabile dictu!

    Enron Verdict « Climate Audit

  • Then, mirabile dictu, after an admirable query, you have been asked to send a few chapters or even the whole book! to your dream agent.

    Author! Author! » 2005 » September

  • He was Tom O’Brien, our local state representative, and he had set up a table in the adjoining room to meet his constituents and actually do his job—represent the people of his district—mirabile dictu.

    Knowing Jesse

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.