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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.
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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  • But miraculously, he was able to maneuver the plane for a crash landing in a clearing of scrub and brush.
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  • Homeowners think if they put solar panels on their roof, everything will miraculously solved.
  • Then once in a while, miraculously, we're proved wrong.
British Dictionary definitions for miraculously


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 miraculously



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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