miracle

noun
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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Thanks to the probiotic trend that’s emerged over the past few years—and miracle tonic kombucha serving as its fizzy fuel—fraternizing with the bacteria that lives in our microbiome (yes, all 100 trillion of them) has become relatively normal. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Probiotic Skin Care Is Actually Worth It, According to Experts—and Here's Why," 8 Jan. 2019 Of all the modern miracles enabled by spaceflight, global positioning satellites are among the most useful and ubiquitous. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "USAF's Next-Gen GPS Satellites Will Be a Huge Upgrade...Eventually," 26 Dec. 2018 This could be evidence that the power couple might have actually transcended debate — a true Halloween miracle. Aja Romano, Vox, "Beyoncé and Jay–Z paid tribute to black athletes — and black power — for Halloween," 1 Nov. 2018 Still, some new releases appear to need a Christmas miracle. Erich Schwartzel, WSJ, "‘Aquaman’ Tops Start of Hollywood’s Busiest Movie Week," 23 Dec. 2018 Humanity witnessed another casual miracle of engineering just the week before—the landing of InSight on Mars. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "What Human Beings Can Teach Aliens About Probing the Solar System," 5 Dec. 2018 What no one can deny is that even miracles come with complications. Kim Brooks, Harper's BAZAAR, "The New Frontier of Fertility Tests—for Young Women," 1 Nov. 2018 Get our daily newsletter China’s economic miracle could not help but provoke geopolitical stress, given its size and illiberality. The Economist, "Sino-American interdependence has been a force for geopolitical stability," 23 June 2018 The Heat needs another miracle shot, this time from a front office that has done it before. Dave Hyde, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Hyde: Can Pat Riley find a summer miracle for a roster that needs one? | Commentary," 18 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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miracle

noun

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

miracle

noun
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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