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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His version of Copland’s Sonata, the finest large-scale work for piano ever composed by an American, is a miracle of sympathetic comprehension, by turns rhythmically propulsive and warmly, expansively lyrical. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "The Maestro at the Piano," 26 June 2018 And his acting job as the repressed Tobias Fünke in Arrested Development is a minor miracle. A.d. Amorosi, Philly.com, "David Cross: 'My comedy has evolved … Plus, my ulcer has grown.'," 21 June 2018 Whether a family has a child naturally, with the assistance of reproductive technology, or through adoption, every child is a miracle. Samantha Saltz, M.d., miamiherald, "Few discuss the emotional toll of struggling to conceive a child," 30 May 2018 Survivors of air accidents often proclaim that their survival was a miracle. NBC News, "After air accidents, survivors grapple with flying again," 21 Apr. 2018 Every day their desperate parents grew more frantic, praying for a miracle. Rhonda Garelick, The Cut, "The Thai Cave Rescue Cannot Save Us From National Shame," 11 July 2018 The New York City subway is a miracle, especially at 3 a.m. on a Friday night. Peter Wayner, The Atlantic, "The New York City Subway Is Beyond Repair," 9 June 2018 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

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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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