mir·​a·​cle | \ˈmir-i-kəl \

Definition of miracle 

1 : an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs the healing miracles described in the Gospels

2 : an extremely outstanding or unusual event, thing, or accomplishment The bridge is a miracle of engineering.

3 Christian Science : a divinely natural phenomenon experienced humanly as the fulfillment of spiritual law

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Examples of miracle in a Sentence

She believed that God had given her the power to work miracles. It would take a miracle for this team to win. the miracle of his recovery These days, thanks to the miracle of television, we can watch events happening on the other side of the world.
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Avengers: Infinity War' Throwing dozens of superheroes into a Marvel movie isn’t hard — the miracle here is crafting a superb, harrowing and deep narrative that isn’t a complete trainwreck. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "The 10 best movies of 2018 (so far), ranked," 21 June 2018 In 1954 one of Thompson’s boys, Tommy Thompson, painted it black with white lettering to honor the greatest basketball story ever told, the Milan miracle of 1954: STATE CHAMPS 1954 The furniture company closed years ago, and soon was torn down. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Facelift for iconic water tower a reminder of what Milan Miracle means," 9 June 2018 Every week brings a new skin care line promising the miracle of eternal youth, but are fancy skin products worth the price? Andrew Boyd, NOLA.com, "City Park wildflower fields a delight to behold," 1 June 2018 Though in Texas, general manager Jon Daniels, via the miracle of TV, saw enough of Colon, too. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Will Bartolo Colon stay on Rangers' roster? Jon Daniels has an idea | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 3 Apr. 2018 But miracles have happened since that conversation, Perla told The Arizona Republic on Friday. Dianna M. Náñez, azcentral, "'A mother keeps her word': Lawsuit to help reunite migrant mother, daughter in Los Angeles," 1 July 2018 This was the woman whose retirement party at Stoneleigh helped make a miracle happen last week in Pennsylvania’s notoriously soulless General Assembly. Maria Panaritis, Philly.com, "'They almost need therapists': How the fight to save Stoneleigh brought Pa. zombie pols back to life, too | Maria Panaritis," 28 June 2018 Three years later, after plenty of scientific development, Land and his Polaroid Corporation realized the miracle of nearly instant imaging. Ann Elsner, Smithsonian, "Polaroid Inventor Edwin Land Gave Us More Than Just Instant Photos," 18 May 2018 His version of Copland’s Sonata, the finest large-scale work for piano ever composed by an American, is a miracle of sympathetic comprehension, by turns rhythmically propulsive and warmly, expansively lyrical. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "The Maestro at the Piano," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of miracle

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for miracle

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Late Latin mīrāculum, going back to Latin, "something amazing, marvel," from mīrārī "to be surprised, look with wonder at" + -culum, suffix of instrument (going back to Indo-European *-tlom) — more at admire

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English Language Learners Definition of miracle

: an unusual or wonderful event that is believed to be caused by the power of God

: a very amazing or unusual event, thing, or achievement


mir·​a·​cle | \ˈmir-i-kəl \

Kids Definition of miracle

1 : an extraordinary event taken as a sign of the power of God

2 : something (as an event or accomplishment) that is very outstanding, unusual, or wonderful It will take a miracle for us to win.

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