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marvelous

[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.
Also, especially British, marvellous.
Origin
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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  • Though they have nothing to show for their years of wandering, they still feel that there are marvellous times ahead.
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  • They have pointed to the lack of evidence-no trace of any of these marvellous machines has been found.
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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