miracle

noun
mir·​a·​cle | \ ˈmir-i-kəl How to pronounce miracle (audio) \

Essential Meaning of miracle

1 : an unusual or wonderful event that is believed to be caused by the power of God a divine miracle She believed that God had given her the power to work/perform miracles. a miracle worker [=a person who is able to work/perform miracles]
2 : a very amazing or unusual event, thing, or achievement It would take a miracle for this team to win. The bridge is a miracle of engineering. = The bridge is an engineering miracle. See More Examplesthe miracle of birth It's a (minor) miracle that he succeeded. the miracle of his recovery She worked miracles with those kids. [=she accomplished wonderful things with those kids] a miracle drug/cure [=a drug/cure that is extremely or amazingly effective] These days, thanks to the miracle of television, we can watch events happening on the other side of the world. By some miracle, I was on time for work every day this week. [=it is surprising/amazing that I was on time for work every day this week]Hide

Full 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

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 Rees’s book suggests that this early miracle gave the singer preternatural confidence. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, 17 Jan. 2022 Recently, Debbie Auer was able to get her first full night sleep in months because on Dec. 20 a Christmas miracle happened: Kitty and Debbie were reunited. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6 Jan. 2022 But the Christmas miracle was still within the Browns’ grasp. Marla Ridenour, USA TODAY, 26 Dec. 2021 In fact, the Browns — who had 22 players including Mayfield and three coaches including Stefanski at home with COVID-19 during the game — will now need a Christmas miracle to return to the postseason for the second straight year. cleveland, 20 Dec. 2021 The Suns may need a Christmas miracle to push through that considering the uptick in COVID cases. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 17 Dec. 2021 But are the stars aligning for a Christmas miracle? Chris Sims, The Indianapolis Star, 10 Dec. 2021 Live animals are notoriously hard to wrangle for these types of things, so the fact that Sandy didn't cause any hiccups is an early Christmas miracle. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 3 Dec. 2021 But that would have been a Christmas miracle because officials with the department said Eagle isn’t equipped with a speaker system or even an intercom. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, 27 Nov. 2021

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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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19 Jan 2022

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“Miracle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miracle. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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miracle

noun
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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