Origin: 1400–50; late Middle English Related forms
< Medieval Latin mīrāculōsus,
equivalent to Latin mīrācul
+ -ōsus -ous
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.