mi·​rac·​u·​lous | \mə-ˈra-kyə-ləs \

Definition of miraculous 

1 : of the nature of a miracle : supernatural a miraculous event

2 : suggesting a miracle : marvelous proof of a miraculous memoryTime He made a miraculous recovery after the accident.

3 : working or able to work miracles miraculous power

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Other Words from miraculous

miraculously adverb
miraculousness noun

Examples of miraculous in a Sentence

He made a miraculous recovery after the accident. Her memory is nothing short of miraculous.

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It is generally agreed that hitting 2 degrees would be quite ambitious, while hitting 1.5 would be nothing short of miraculous. David Roberts, Vox, "What genuine, no-bullshit ambition on climate change would look like," 8 Oct. 2018 Their dad sat on a living-room floor filled with toys while being interviewed about his hopes for a return to the mound some might call miraculous. David Haugh, The Seattle Times, "Laughter, optimism surround ex-Mariner Danny Farquhar after brain aneurysm," 17 July 2018 But among all these treasures is one that seems a frankly miraculous survival: a floral collar from Tutankhamun’s funeral feast, circa 1336-1327 BC. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "A History of Jewelry Debuts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Latest Exhibition, The Body Transformed," 8 Nov. 2018 Knotweed had already been a hit in Europe because of its pretty little white flowers, and, yes, its miraculous indestructibility. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "Overrun by Alien Species," 1 Nov. 2018 Check out Tan-Luxe Wonder Oil Illuminating Self-Tan Oil, a miraculous, sunless solution to maintain your tan — even under the light of the moon. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What October's Cancer Horoscope Means for You," 30 Sep. 2018 Barring some miraculous last-minute dealmaking, AB 813 probably won’t pass, and so Brown’s bluff will get called. David Roberts, Vox, "California is this close to its boldest energy target yet: 100% clean electricity," 31 Aug. 2018 The miraculous counter-top appliance has a 3.5-quart crock at the base and two 1.5-quart crocks on the top level. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "Amazon Has a MAJOR Sale on This Crazy Popular 3-in-1 Crock Pot Today," 17 July 2018 Something miraculous happened at this year’s Mackinac Policy Conference sponsored by the Detroit Regional Chamber. Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press, "Miracle on Mackinac Island: Business community gets woke to race," 3 June 2018

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First Known Use of miraculous

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for miraculous

Middle English myraclous, borrowed from Middle French miraculeus, borrowed from Medieval Latin mīrāculōsus, from Late Latin mīrāculum miracle + Latin -ōsus -ose entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of miraculous

: very wonderful or amazing like a miracle


mi·​rac·​u·​lous | \mə-ˈra-kyə-ləs \

Kids Definition of miraculous

: being or being like a miracle : very wonderful or amazing a miraculous recovery

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