Definition of miracle in 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’
    • ‘Investigation then begins into miracles attributed to his or her intercession.’
    • ‘It describes the nature of Divine intervention, miracles, and communications.’
    • ‘Many miracles were attributed to him after his passing and he was greatly venerated and remembered in England.’
    • ‘The miracle of the loaves and fishes was a card trick by comparison.’
    • ‘Amongst them I perform the miracle of loaves and fishes.’
    • ‘Then, miracle of all miracles, I watched as David healed his sister.’
    • ‘People with traditional religious beliefs may view psychic phenomena as miracles or divine interventions by God.’
    • ‘This means, for example, that one may not say that the divine person performed miracles, since one may not separate divinity and humanity.’
    • ‘Mary appeared again at the marriage feast at Cana, and initiated the first miracle attributed to Jesus.’
    • ‘A number of local shrines and icons that have survived earthquakes or other natural disasters are revered as evidence of miracles or divine intervention.’
    • ‘And you're right, miracles do happen.’
    • ‘But miracles began to be attributed to him soon after his execution.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even so-called miracles are explicable in terms of natural phenomena.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.’
    • ‘The greatest miracle of God is when people are transferred from one kingdom into another kingdom.’
    • ‘The truth is that the disciples were very reluctant to believe in Christ's miracles.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘Conventional wisdom has it that this kind of government intervention helped to create the East Asian economic miracle.’
      • ‘This will be one of the economic miracles of the world, all based on privatization.’
      • ‘But it will be a small miracle if they manage to retain their collective sanity on the way.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Unless there's a miracle of some kind, it will represent a very significant missed opportunity for Toronto.’
      • ‘Enormous changes that you've hoped for - perhaps your own personal miracle - can occur.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The truth was that, despite economic miracles, we were surrounded by social problems ranging from drugs and joyriding to sex abuse and homeliness.’
      • ‘A further consequence of the great migration, although it has to be taken in conjunction with the economic miracle, was mass consumer society.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If that is done it can work an economic miracle and salvage long traditions that have served generations of people.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Irish economic miracle - and miracle it is - is based on extensive growth.’
      • ‘But the same media gave little or no attention to the economic miracle that has taken place in this country over the past decade.’
      • ‘I still wait in anticipation and hope for a miracle that may bring us back together.’
      • ‘Prussia had improved its standing in Germany not only by its economic miracle but also by its diplomatic shrewdness.’
      • ‘The economic miracle has yet to weave its magic.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘By some miracle, I find my hotel, but only after driving around the airport for about an hour and going in circles.’
    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’
      • ‘Secondly, the press this week hailed cannabis as a wonder drug and a miracle cure.’
      • ‘The new miracle drugs are genetic-based, promising better outcomes for smaller groups of patients with particular genes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Scottish consumers can at last get their hands on the miracle skincare product coveted by the rich and famous.’
      • ‘All they are interested in is pushing some expensive new miracle pill on you.’
      • ‘Toxic treasure: poisons and venoms from deadly animals could become tomorrow's miracle drugs.’
      • ‘Many modern medical miracles occur in hospitals, unfortunately a few tragedies also occur.’
      • ‘A Formula One engine is a miracle of modern engineering.’
      • ‘A miracle of modern technology, it is creating a buzz in markets with its continuing innovations and frequent modifications.’
      • ‘We should not be expecting instant medical miracles from stem cell research.’
      • ‘But unfortunately there's no miracle pill or tonic that can cure your stress woes.’
      • ‘Doctors and scientists are divided on the merits of searching for the miracle cure.’
      • ‘Dad gave the miracle drug to everyone in the family because he had friends in the company that was developing it.’
      • ‘It moves in an unpredictable fashion more suggestive of an intoxicated sailor than a miracle of modern engineering.’
      • ‘When it was first discovered, cortisone seemed like a miracle drug, especially at high doses.’
      • ‘Although popular mythology credits Alexander Fleming, it was Florey and his team who gave the world the miracle drug, penicillin.’
      • ‘It's a miracle of modern technology, and a highly technical gadget - hence why I was attracted to it.’
      • ‘The first Model T Ford rolled off the assembly line in 1908 and was a miracle of mass production.’
      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

/ˈmirək(ə)l//ˈmɪrək(ə)l/