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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None of it has been a miracle cure; a lot of it has been distraction. Bon Appétit, "The Healthyish Guide to Your 30s," 12 June 2019 His miracle of being called Papa was fulfilled after delivering each of his children at home. courant.com, "David George Guerrin," 6 June 2019 In what many people considered a miracle, Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Maury Hernandez survived after three weeks in a coma and 82 days in the hospital. Lisa J. Huriash, sun-sentinel.com, "Mike Satz has led for decades as Broward’s top prosecutor. Here are some of his biggest cases.," 4 June 2019 But after 1945, their economic miracles simply added to the strength of the liberal world order against potential challengers, most notably the Soviet Union. Robert Kagan, WSJ, "The Cost of American Retreat," 7 Sep. 2018 Decades may have passed since her last appearance, but, of course, due to the miracle of movies, no one ever really retires, and no performer ever really dies. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "Doris Day, America’s Original Sweetheart, Has Died at 97," 13 May 2019 The tiny camera in our nestbox has given us an inside view of this miracle of life, and also some delightful insight into the behavior of the house wren. Ernie Cowan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Visit the High Sierra with a trip to Palomar Mountain," 11 May 2018 Greenwood’s quick turnaround of the $1.2 million home was nothing short of a miracle. Elizabeth Wellington, Philly.com, "Akwaaba chooses theme for West Philadelphia bed-and-breakfast | Elizabeth Wellington," 5 July 2018 Bresson’s film is a dying fall; Dreyer’s reaches for a transcendent miracle. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "'First Reformed' filmmaker Paul Schrader on hope, despair and 'this odd moment we're in now'," 22 May 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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