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fem. proper name, fem. of Latin mirandus "worthy to be admired," gerundive of mirari "to admire" (see miracle).
criminal suspects' arrest rights in U.S., 1967, in reference to Fifth Amendment cases ruled on by U.S. Supreme Court June 13, 1966, under heading Ernesto A. Miranda v. the State of Arizona.
the beautiful and naive daughter of Prospero, the exiled rightful duke of Milan, in Shakespeare's The Tempest. Having grown up on an island with only her father and Caliban for company, she is overwhelmed when she finally sees other humans, and she responds rapturously:How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, That has such people in 't!