American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An event that appears inexplicable by the laws of nature and so is held to be supernatural in origin or an act of God: "Miracles are spontaneous, they cannot be summoned, but come of themselves” ( Katherine Anne Porter).
- n. One that excites admiring awe. See Synonyms at wonder.
- n. A miracle play.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A wonder, or a wonderful thing; something that excites admiration or astonishment.
- n. An effect in nature not attributable to any of the recognized operations of nature nor to the act of man, but indicative of superhuman power, and serving as a sign or witness thereof; a wonderful work, manifesting a power superior to the ordinary forces of nature.
- n. A miraculous story; a legend.
- n. In the middle ages, one of a class of spectacles or dramatic representations exhibiting the lives of the saints or other sacred subjects; a miracle-play, somewhat resembling that still held at Oberammergau in Bavaria. Compare myatery, 4.
- To work wonders or miracles.
- To make wonderful.
- n. A wonderful event occurring in the physical world attributed to supernatural powers.
- n. A fortunate outcome that prevails despite overwhelming odds against it
- n. An awesome and exceptional example of something
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A wonder or wonderful thing.
- n. An event or effect contrary to the established constitution and course of things, or a deviation from the known laws of nature; a supernatural event, or one transcending the ordinary laws by which the universe is governed.
- n. A miracle play.
- n. obsolete A story or legend abounding in miracles.
- v. obsolete To make wonderful.
- n. a marvellous event manifesting a supernatural act of a divine agent
- n. any amazing or wonderful occurrence
- From Old French miracle, from Latin mīrāculum ("object of wonder"), from mīror ("to wonder at"), from mīrus ("wonderful"), from Proto-Indo-European *smei-, *mei- (“to smile, to be astonished”). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin mīrāculum, from mīrārī, to wonder at, from mīrus, wonderful; see smei- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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