mir·​a·​cle | \ ˈmir-i-kəl How to pronounce miracle (audio) \

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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Doctors who see him for routine medical appointments, when told of his birth history, call him a miracle. Amy Keller Laird, SELF, "Not Every Miscarriage Results in Grief, and That’s OK," 15 Oct. 2018 After 10 years of struggling with acne, the 'last resort' from my dermatologist worked miracles. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "14 Glamour Editors on the Skin Care Tips That Changed Their Complexions," 9 Oct. 2018 Some might prefer a prize targeting miracle cures instead. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Ars on your lunch break: An early warning is key to kicking cancer," 25 July 2018 But mostly dead is slightly alive, as the miracle worker said. Dylan Scott, Vox, "6 reasons Obamacare repeal (probably) isn’t coming back in 2018," 30 Apr. 2018 Facing elimination against the Clippers in 2015, he was benched and relegated to spectator status as his teammates mounted a miracle comeback without him. Devin Gordon, GQ, "James Harden Isn't Playing Around," 12 Apr. 2018 For de Jesus, the events that led to Saturday's program represented something of a miracle. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Film Festival program encourages minority girls to pursue careers in a majority white male industry (photos)," 8 Apr. 2018 The first came two years ago, when A&M needed a miracle comeback against Northern Iowa in the round of 32 to move on to Los Angeles (specifically Anaheim, Calif.) against Oklahoma in the Sweet 16. Brent Zwerneman, Houston Chronicle, "Aggies angling to change their LA postseason hoops history," 22 Mar. 2018 Wet N Wild Photo Focus Eyeshadow Primer works miracles on my hooded lids, and one tube lasts close to an eternity or at least for quite a long chunk of time. Calle Hack, Allure, "Why Dyeing My Hair Blonde at Home Was a Huge Mistake," 21 Mar. 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 How to pronounce miracle (audio) \

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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