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marvel

[mahr-vuh l] /ˈmɑr vəl/
noun
1.
something that causes wonder, admiration, or astonishment; a wonderful thing; a wonder or prodigy:
The new bridge is an engineering marvel.
2.
Archaic. the feeling of wonder; astonishment.
verb (used with object), marveled, marveling or (especially British) marvelled, marvelling.
3.
to wonder at (usually followed by a clause as object):
I marvel that you were able to succeed against such odds.
4.
to wonder or be curious about (usually followed by a clause as object):
A child marvels that the stars can be.
verb (used without object), marveled, marveling or (especially British) marvelled, marvelling.
5.
to be filled with wonder, admiration, or astonishment, as at something surprising or extraordinary:
I marvel at your courage.
Origin of marvel
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English mervel < Old French merveil(l)e < Late Latin mīrābilia marvels, noun use of neuter plural of Latin mīrābilis marvelous. See admirable
Related forms
marvelment, noun
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  • The marvel is that he should ever have won to power in it at all.

    Lord Randolph Churchill Winston Spencer Churchill
  • But don't you marvel at me too much, for I'm a very good sort of fellow when you know me.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • The only persons in the Lodge were Mrs. Spurling and marvel.

    Jack Sheppard, Vol. III (of III) W. Harrison Ainsworth
  • The bed was a marvel of pink and white drapery; so was the dressing-bureau.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • One day our posterity will marvel at our ignorance of causes so clear to them.

British Dictionary definitions for marvel

marvel

/ˈmɑːvəl/
verb -vels, -velling, -velled (US) -vels, -veling, -veled
1.
when intr, often foll by at or about; when tr, takes a clause as object. to be filled with surprise or wonder
noun
2.
something that causes wonder
3.
(archaic) astonishment
Word Origin
C13: from Old French merveille, from Late Latin mīrābilia, from Latin mīrābilis, from mīrārī to wonder at
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Word Origin and History for marvel
n.

c.1300, "miracle," also "wonderful story or legend," from Old French merveille "a wonder, surprise, miracle," from Vulgar Latin *miribilia (also source of Spanish maravilla, Portuguese maravilha, Italian maraviglia), altered from Latin mirabilia "wonderful things," from neuter plural of mirabilis "wonderful, marvelous, extraordinary; strange, singular," from mirari "to wonder at," from mirus "wonderful" (see smile). A neuter plural treated in Vulgar Latin as a feminine singular. Related: Marvels.

v.

c.1300, "to be filled with wonder," from Old French merveillier "to wonder at, be astonished," from merveille (see marvel (n.)). Related: Marveled; marveling.

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