Definitions

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

  • adj. Of the nature of a miracle; preternatural.
  • adj. So astounding as to suggest a miracle; phenomenal: a miraculous recovery; a miraculous escape.
  • adj. Able to work miracles.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pertaining to miracles; referring to something that people can't explain.
  • adj. By supernatural or uncommon causes, e.g. by a god (only used when positive).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of the nature of a miracle; performed by supernatural power; effected by the direct agency of almighty power, and not by natural causes.
  • adj. Supernatural; wonderful.
  • adj. Wonder-working.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Exceedingly surprising or wonderful; extraordinary; incomprehensible: as, a miraculous escape.
  • Of the nature of a miracle; working miracles; performed by, involving, or exhibiting a power beyond the ordinary agency of natural laws; supernatural.
  • Synonyms Preternatural, Superhuman, etc. See supernatural.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. being or having the character of a miracle
  • adj. peculiarly fortunate or appropriate; as if by divine intervention

Etymologies

Middle English miraclous, from Old French miraculeux, from Medieval Latin mīrāculōsus, from Latin mīrāculum, miracle; see miracle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The Advertising Standards Authority received 98 complaints that the ads – two versions ran in national press – were offensive and the use of the term "miraculous", especially during Easter, was disrespectful to the Christian faith.

    'Jesus' mobile phone ad banned

  • A total of 98 people complained to the ASA, citing the cartoon depiction of Christ and the Sacred Heart, the use of the term 'miraculous' and the fact that the advert was published on Maundy Thursday, close to Easter.

    Evening Standard - Home

  • The ASA said the complaints had cited the cartoon depiction of Christ and the Sacred Heart, the use of the term "miraculous" for describing a mobile phone deal, and the fact that it was published on Maundy Thursday.

    BBC News - Home

  • Amongst the rest, this and madness after a set time comes to many, which he calls a miraculous thing in nature, and sticks for ever to them as an incurable habit.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • In that case -- well, he felt something very like awe before what he called her miraculous stupidity.

    The Tysons (Mr. and Mrs. Nevill Tyson)

  • Sometimes it refers to what we call miraculous endowments, sometimes it refers to what we may call official capacity; but here it is evidently neither the one nor the other of these more limited and special things, but the general idea of a divine operation upon the human spirit which fills it with

    Expositions of Holy Scripture: Romans Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V)

  • And, for God's sake, do not give in to that miserable fancy that because these stories are what you call miraculous, therefore they have nothing to do with you -- that Samson's strength came to him miraculously by God's Spirit, and yet yours comes to you a different way.

    Twenty-Five Village Sermons

  • That man is what we call a miraculous creature, with miraculous power over men; and, on the whole, with such a Life in him, and such a

    The French Revolution

  • "It's crazy," Miller said this week, months into what he calls a miraculous recovery from cyanide and heroin poisoning.

    timesunion.com: Local Breaking News

  • There's also a reference to what they call a miraculous event that occurred during the weekend after Terri's feeding tube was removed and -- "Which fundamentally alters the manner in which Terri's claims are to be viewed by the federal courts when Congress, in bipartisan and dramatic fashion, thundered the message that the United States of America must stand for life, accuracy and fairness and in the process afforded an incapacitated woman," that apparently a reference, that miracle reference apparently to Barbara Weller, a lawyer who happens to be a friend of the parents, who said over the weekend that Terri Schiavo apparently tried to mouth the words "I want to live."

    CNN Transcript Mar 24, 2005

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