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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Realistically, Beaty always needed a miracle this fall to save his job. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Hello, KU AD Jeff Long. Goodbye, football coach David Beaty," 11 July 2018 Don’t expect any miracles but do look for signs that UConn is headed back into annual bowl contention. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "American Athletic Conference power rankings: Central Florida still the clear favorite," 2 July 2018 Too Faced Hangover primer and setting spray, the two bestsellers are basically miracle-working makeup products. Andrea Park, Allure, "Too Faced Will Reportedly Expand Its Skin-Care Collection Soon," 29 June 2018 Having passed 70, Michael Douglas, submitting to the miracle of digital facelifting, three years ago paved the way with his entirely convincing turn as the fortysomething downsizing genius Dr. Hank Pym. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Ant-Man and the Wasp': Film Review," 27 June 2018 And now, watching Sweden play at a World Cup without taking part for the first time in 20 years, Ibrahimovic can only watch on as his compatriots rely on a minor miracle to pull them through to the Round of 16 in the competition. SI.com, "'I Can Do It Much Better Than Them': Zlatan Ibrahimovic Claims Sweden Are Missing His Presence," 26 June 2018 But fans of symbolism can hope: Five years ago Monday, Ray Allen hit is miracle shot at the buzzer to send Game 6 of the NBA Finals against San Antonio into overtime and pave the way to the Heat’s third championship. Dave Hyde, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Hyde: Can Pat Riley find a summer miracle for a roster that needs one? | Commentary," 18 June 2018 Young men and women see the miracle of Israel for the first time often and firsthand. Jewish Journal, "Birthright Israel celebrates 18 years of changing young lives," 3 July 2018 Thank God by some miracle my fiancé found it before someone else did and most likely would not have returned it. Lindy Segal, PEOPLE.com, "Paris Hilton Reveals She Had 3 Replicas Made of Her $2 Million Engagement Ring from Chris Zylka," 29 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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