from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Doing wonders or surprising things.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Doing wonders or surprising things.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. performing or able to perform wonders or miracles
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There was a mention of "wonder-working power" in a State of the Union address, and a reference to a wounded traveler on the road to Jericho during his inaugural address.
To a place where wonder-working is said to be strong.
When the drumming began, and her voice slid into its wonder-working chant, the frustrations of the Maker of Narrow Houses melted away and he swooned into the necessary trances with no struggle.
Her house was a better setting for her wonder-working, anyway, she told the girl — quiet and remote as it was.
Again linking a minority religion to the faith of the majority, Washington wrote that "the same wonder-working Deity," who led the Israelites out of Egypt had, "been conspicuous in establishing these United States as an independent nation."
He tracks down and exposes wonder-working nuns and other charlatans, leftovers from The Canterbury Tales, and instead of hanging or flogging them compels them to confess their fraudulence in public.
All things, it seemed, were subject to the laws of nature … In such an orderly universe there seemed to be no place for a wonder-working God.
The men would double-time, walking a steady bass line underneath, with “There is power, power, power, power, wonder-working power.”
Like the phrase "wonder-working powers" Palin's use of the phrase "servant's heart" is an evangelical reference as well.
The term "wonder-working power" is a specific reference to hymn sung commonly in conservative, evangelical churches.