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 The fact that any of Schell's four Delahaye 145s survived the war is another small miracle. Neal Bascomb, Car and Driver, "The Pioneering Rally Driver Who Beat the Nazis," 31 May 2020 The company made steel for the spire of New York’s Chrysler building, guns for the Nazi war machine and factory components that helped drive Germany’s 20th century economic miracle. William Wilkes, Bloomberg.com, "Thyssenkrupp to Break Up German Giant in Fight for Survival," 19 May 2020 Today, Americans are once again facing the consequences of a failure to act, and a mistaken belief that a miracle solution is on its way. Robert Dallek, Time, "When the Economy Collapses, Talk Is Cheap—Just Look What Led Up to the Great Depression," 19 May 2020 Legends take shape; a miracle is reported; a mystery is mooted; competing cults are born. William Deresiewicz, The Atlantic, "The Special Child," 17 May 2020 What’s more, most of the claims about Sweden’s supposed miracle approach have been exaggerated or are false. J.c. Pan, The New Republic, "America’s Eternal Stockholm Syndrome," 15 May 2020 The 2010 Final Four run: Not a miracle, but magical (Photo: Scott Horner/IndyStar photo illustration) Craig Caldwell, a Butler associate dean, collaborated with Toomer and two other authors, Steve Weitzenkorn and Chelsea Clark. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "Authors show how Butler basketball and Shane Battier redefined leadership," 10 May 2020 By the standards of antiquity, this was a bona fide miracle. Edward Watts, Smithsonian Magazine, "What Rome Learned From the Deadly Antonine Plague of 165 A.D.," 28 Apr. 2020 Thankfully, there are plenty of miracle-working hair masks out there with nourishing ingredients that'll prevent you from needing to bust out the scissors. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "The Best Hair Masks for Repairing Damage, According to Allure Editors," 21 Apr. 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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“Miracle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miracle. Accessed 4 Jun. 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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