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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Recent Examples on the Web That was the start of a long period during which the family roamed the frontier like a tribe of gypsies, selling snake oil, staging seances, telling fortunes, and effecting miracle cures. John Strausbaugh, National Review, "The Scandalous and Pioneering Victoria Woodhull," 8 Feb. 2020 Falsehoods about coronavirus fall into two major categories: conspiracy theories about the origins of the illness and misinformation about miracle cures. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, "The Coronavirus Outbreak Is a Petri Dish for Conspiracy Theories," 4 Feb. 2020 In Belém, the capital city at the mouth of the Amazon River, their promise of miracle cures drew legions of the poor and dispossessed. Alex Cuadros, Harper's magazine, "“My Gang Is Jesus”," 20 Jan. 2020 The fact that Wilson at 77 is even touring after suffering a nervous breakdown on a flight to Houston in 1964 is something of a minor miracle. Ed Masley, azcentral, "A look back at 2019's biggest metro Phoenix concerts, from Garth Brooks to Paul McCartney," 17 Dec. 2019 What my smartphone can do is nothing short of a miracle. Quanta Magazine, "Does Natural Law Need Elegant Mathematics?," 5 Dec. 2019 Ellie McCoy then missed the front end of a 1-and-1, and Nordonia almost pulled off a miracle finish, as Cluse nearly banked in a half-court shot at the buzzer. cleveland, "Solon’s Julia Gersey hits eight 3-pointers, Hailey Weaver adds 28 in 67-48 romp over Medina: Girls basketball roundup," 26 Jan. 2020 Notwithstanding the occasional miracle, political parties run candidates against extra-long odds for any number of reasons. Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post, "The GOP has almost no chance in Maryland’s 7th District. But these candidates want to try.," 24 Jan. 2020 Barring some miracle, the Knicks will not make the playoffs, again. New York Times, "The Good, the Bad and the Bizarre for the Knicks and the Nets," 24 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of miracle was in the 12th century

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12 Feb 2020

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“Miracle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miracle. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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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