Definition of miracle in US English:

miracle

noun

  • 1A surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore considered to be the work of a divine agency.

    ‘the miracle of rising from the grave’
    • ‘Many miracles were attributed to him after his passing and he was greatly venerated and remembered in England.’
    • ‘The truth is that the disciples were very reluctant to believe in Christ's miracles.’
    • ‘This preaching and these miracles confirmed this Divine truth: Jesus died for our sins; he rose again to give us a new life, and a life that is to be lived to the full!’
    • ‘It describes the nature of Divine intervention, miracles, and communications.’
    • ‘The miracle of the loaves and fishes was a card trick by comparison.’
    • ‘Mary appeared again at the marriage feast at Cana, and initiated the first miracle attributed to Jesus.’
    • ‘Amongst them I perform the miracle of loaves and fishes.’
    • ‘This means, for example, that one may not say that the divine person performed miracles, since one may not separate divinity and humanity.’
    • ‘And you're right, miracles do happen.’
    • ‘Investigation then begins into miracles attributed to his or her intercession.’
    • ‘People with traditional religious beliefs may view psychic phenomena as miracles or divine interventions by God.’
    • ‘But miracles began to be attributed to him soon after his execution.’
    • ‘A number of local shrines and icons that have survived earthquakes or other natural disasters are revered as evidence of miracles or divine intervention.’
    • ‘Sir Isaac Newton is enlisted to debunk magic, miracles and divine intervention, but we are not told why Newton remained a devout Christian to his life's end.’
    • ‘The miracles and extraordinary events of the gospels were reduced to allegory and one was left with that very English type of faith: tolerant, accommodating Anglicanism.’
    • ‘Suppose God somehow were observed performing extraordinary miracles, in whatever mode of observation is appropriate.’
    • ‘The greatest miracle of God is when people are transferred from one kingdom into another kingdom.’
    • ‘For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.’
    • ‘Then, miracle of all miracles, I watched as David healed his sister.’
    • ‘Even so-called miracles are explicable in terms of natural phenomena.’
    supernatural phenomenon, mystery, prodigy, sign
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    1. 1.1 A highly improbable or extraordinary event, development, or accomplishment that brings very welcome consequences.
      ‘it was a miracle that more people hadn't been killed or injured’
      • ‘The truth was that, despite economic miracles, we were surrounded by social problems ranging from drugs and joyriding to sex abuse and homeliness.’
      • ‘I still wait in anticipation and hope for a miracle that may bring us back together.’
      • ‘In New Zealand, so they tell us, an economic miracle has been performed and a dream world has been created which is the envy of the entire globe.’
      • ‘Prussia had improved its standing in Germany not only by its economic miracle but also by its diplomatic shrewdness.’
      • ‘By some miracle, I find my hotel, but only after driving around the airport for about an hour and going in circles.’
      • ‘But it will be a small miracle if they manage to retain their collective sanity on the way.’
      • ‘If that is done it can work an economic miracle and salvage long traditions that have served generations of people.’
      • ‘Unless there's a miracle of some kind, it will represent a very significant missed opportunity for Toronto.’
      • ‘This will be one of the economic miracles of the world, all based on privatization.’
      • ‘The Irish economic miracle - and miracle it is - is based on extensive growth.’
      • ‘Enormous changes that you've hoped for - perhaps your own personal miracle - can occur.’
      • ‘A further consequence of the great migration, although it has to be taken in conjunction with the economic miracle, was mass consumer society.’
      • ‘The economic miracle has yet to weave its magic.’
      • ‘With a miracle of even greater proportions required to propel his new side to similar glories, he is keen just to focus on the next round.’
      • ‘I mean the fact that she and I don't get along well and can stay as friends for so long is an absolute miracle, amazing.’
      • ‘Conventional wisdom has it that this kind of government intervention helped to create the East Asian economic miracle.’
      • ‘But the same media gave little or no attention to the economic miracle that has taken place in this country over the past decade.’
      • ‘This is another amazing miracle of the Australian Economy.’
      • ‘As a consequence, the miracles that most frequently came up in the interviews were miracles in the economic sphere.’
      • ‘After a lot of hard work and a few amazing fundraising miracles by the team, we've finally agreed on the dates and the detail and have a proposal to present to potential corporate sponsors.’
    2. 1.2 An amazing product or achievement, or an outstanding example of something.
      ‘a machine which was a miracle of design’
      as modifier ‘a miracle drug’
      • ‘All they are interested in is pushing some expensive new miracle pill on you.’
      • ‘The first Model T Ford rolled off the assembly line in 1908 and was a miracle of mass production.’
      • ‘It moves in an unpredictable fashion more suggestive of an intoxicated sailor than a miracle of modern engineering.’
      • ‘Dad gave the miracle drug to everyone in the family because he had friends in the company that was developing it.’
      • ‘The building's very existence is a miracle of logistics and perseverance.’
      • ‘The day marks a fresh start for a canal hailed as a miracle of engineering when it opened in 1804.’
      • ‘I even consider buying those miracle weight-loss pills - if only I had enough cash.’
      • ‘Secondly, the press this week hailed cannabis as a wonder drug and a miracle cure.’
      • ‘Toxic treasure: poisons and venoms from deadly animals could become tomorrow's miracle drugs.’
      • ‘A miracle of modern technology, it is creating a buzz in markets with its continuing innovations and frequent modifications.’
      • ‘Many modern medical miracles occur in hospitals, unfortunately a few tragedies also occur.’
      • ‘We should not be expecting instant medical miracles from stem cell research.’
      • ‘The new miracle drugs are genetic-based, promising better outcomes for smaller groups of patients with particular genes.’
      • ‘Doctors and scientists are divided on the merits of searching for the miracle cure.’
      • ‘When it was first discovered, cortisone seemed like a miracle drug, especially at high doses.’
      • ‘Scottish consumers can at last get their hands on the miracle skincare product coveted by the rich and famous.’
      • ‘Although popular mythology credits Alexander Fleming, it was Florey and his team who gave the world the miracle drug, penicillin.’
      • ‘A Formula One engine is a miracle of modern engineering.’
      • ‘It's a miracle of modern technology, and a highly technical gadget - hence why I was attracted to it.’
      • ‘But unfortunately there's no miracle pill or tonic that can cure your stress woes.’
      wonder, marvel, sensation, phenomenon, astonishing feat, amazing achievement
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Origin

Middle English: via Old French from Latin miraculum ‘object of wonder’, from mirari ‘to wonder’, from mirus ‘wonderful’.

Pronunciation

miracle

/ˈmɪrək(ə)l//ˈmirək(ə)l/