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[mi-rak-yuh-luh s] /mɪˈræk yə ləs/
performed by or involving a supernatural power or agency:
a miraculous cure.
of the nature of a miracle; marvelous.
having or seeming to have the power to work miracles:
miraculous drugs.
Origin of miraculous
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin mīrāculōsus, equivalent to Latin mīrācul(um) miracle + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
miraculously, adverb
miraculousness, noun
hypermiraculous, adjective
hypermiraculously, adverb
hypermiraculousness, noun
nonmiraculous, adjective
nonmiraculously, adverb
nonmiraculousness, noun
pseudomiraculous, adjective
pseudomiraculously, adverb
quasi-miraculous, adjective
quasi-miraculously, adverb
unmiraculous, adjective
unmiraculously, adverb
2. extraordinary. Miraculous, preternatural, supernatural refer to that which seems to transcend the laws of nature. Miraculous refers to something that apparently contravenes known laws governing the universe: a miraculous success. Preternatural suggests the possession of supernormal qualities: Dogs have a preternatural sense of smell. It may also mean supernatural: Elves are preternatural beings. Supernatural suggests divine or superhuman properties: supernatural aid in battle. Unabridged
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  • It's more miraculous and wonderful than they can imagine.
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  • To plant spring-flowering bulbs is to witness a miraculous transformation.
  • But what they can't decide on is why all these seemingly miraculous effects happen in the first place.
  • The miraculous recovery showcased the best cycling has to offer: speed, guts, endurance.
  • It will be miraculous if there are no technical hitches.
  • Since then, others have proposed a variety of miraculous new methods of energy generation, but none seem to have panned out.
British Dictionary definitions for miraculous


of, like, or caused by a miracle; marvellous
having the power to work miracles
Derived Forms
miraculously, adverb
miraculousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for miraculous

mid-15c., from Middle French miraculeux, from Medieval Latin miraculosus, from Latin miraculum "miracle, marvel, wonder" (see miracle). Related: Miraculously (early 15c.); miraculousness.

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