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marvelous

or (especially British) marvellous

[mahr-vuh-luh s] /ˈmɑr və ləs/
adjective
1.
superb; excellent; great:
a marvelous show.
2.
such as to cause wonder, admiration, or astonishment; surprising; extraordinary.
3.
improbable or incredible:
the marvelous events of Greek myth.
Origin of marvelous
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English merve(il)lous < Middle French merveilleus. See marvel, -ous
Related forms
marvelously, adverb
marvellousness, noun
supermarvelous, adjective
supermarvelously, adverb
supermarvelousness, noun
unmarvellous, adjective
unmarvellously, adverb
unmarvellousness, noun
unmarvelous, adjective
unmarvelously, adverb
unmarvelousness, noun
Synonyms
1. wonderful. 2. wondrous, amazing, miraculous. 3. unbelievable.
Antonyms
1. terrible. 2. commonplace.
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  • In this perplexity the genius of Mahomet executed a plan of a bold and marvellous cast.

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  • "marvellous, indeed, is the mystery of our being," exclaimed Anaxagoras.

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  • The charm of these marvellous lyrical episodes consists in their perfect simplicity and freedom.

  • By what marvellous agency did the river force its way between?

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  • You will note, I am sure, Monsieur Herbert, the marvellous carving especially in the dress and about the neck.

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  • And which was to work a marvellous effect on the intestines.

British Dictionary definitions for marvellous

marvellous

/ˈmɑːvələs/
adjective
1.
causing great wonder, surprise, etc; extraordinary
2.
improbable or incredible
3.
excellent; splendid
Derived Forms
marvellously, (US) marvelously, adverb
marvellousness, (US) marvelousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for marvellous
adj.

see marvelous.

marvelous

adj.

c.1300, "causing wonder," from Old French merveillos "marvelous, wonderful" (Modern French merveilleux), from merveille (see marvel (n.)). Weakened sense of "splendid, very nice" is from 1924. Related: Marvelously.

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