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 In what seemed like a miracle, my implantation was successful. Nikaline Mccarley, CNN, "Infertility and my path to surrogacy," 23 Apr. 2021 For anyone over 40, even the faintest promise of an HIV vaccine probably sounds like a miracle. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Buy a COVID vaccine, get an HIV vaccine for free?," 6 Apr. 2021 By some miracle, the Grammy-winning rapper Ludacris is said to have made it down this perilous road last year in a lime-green Aston Martin. Mickey Rapkin, WSJ, "The Perfect Domestic Getaway After a Stressful Year," 2 Mar. 2021 By some small miracle, the injuries weren’t life threatening. Sean Gregory, Time, "Tiger Woods Once Beat Rocco Mediate On A Broken Leg. He Says Now: Don't Count Tiger Out," 26 Feb. 2021 But the miracle achieved by combining good craftsmanship with a bit of art-historical illusion means that decoration can come and go with the seasons. Cynthia Frank, ELLE Decor, "Tour a Legendary, Never-Before-Seen Milan Apartment, in All Its Trompe L'Oeil Glory," 22 Apr. 2021 Its story was regarded as something of a German miracle, right down to the fact that the sources of its success seemed somewhat mysterious. Adrian Daub, The New Republic, "The Weird, Extremely German Origins of the Wirecard Scandal," 21 Apr. 2021 The fact that these vaccines have been developed so quickly is truly a miracle. Stuart Emmrich, Vogue, "Michigan Was My Pandemic Refuge—How Did It Get So Scary?," 15 Apr. 2021 On the bright side, barring a miracle run to the NBA Finals, the Mavericks won’t see the likes of Joel Embiid in the playoffs. Dallas News, "As loss to 76ers helps keep Mavs stuck in 7th, Luka Doncic criticizes NBA’s play-in tournament: ‘I don’t see the point’," 13 Apr. 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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The first known use of miracle was in the 12th century

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7 May 2021

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“Miracle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miracle. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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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