What does miracle mean?

Definitions for miracle
ˈmɪr ə kəlmir·a·cle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. miraclenoun

    any amazing or wonderful occurrence

  2. miraclenoun

    a marvellous event manifesting a supernatural act of a divine agent


  1. miraclenoun

    A wonderful event occurring in the physical world attributed to supernatural powers.

  2. miraclenoun

    A fortunate outcome that prevails despite overwhelming odds against it

  3. miraclenoun

    An awesome and exceptional example of something

  4. Etymology: From miracle, from miraculum, from miror, from mirus, from smei-, mei-.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. MIRACLEnoun

    Etymology: miracle, Fr. miraculum, Latin.

    Nothing almost sees miracles
    But misery. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Virtuous and holy, chosen from above,
    To work exceeding miracles on earth. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    Be not offended, nature’s miracle,
    Thou art allotted to be ta’en by me. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    The miracles of our Lord are peculiarly eminent above the lying wonders of demons, in that they were not made out of vain ostentation of power, and to raise unprofitable amazement; but for the real benefit and advantage of men, by feeding the hungry, healing all sorts of diseases, ejecting of devils, and reviving the dead. Richard Bentley, Sermons.


  1. Miracle

    A miracle is an event that is inexplicable by natural or scientific laws and accordingly gets attributed to some supernatural or praeternatural cause. Various religions often attribute a phenomenon characterized as miraculous to the actions of a supernatural being, (especially) a deity, a magician, a miracle worker, a saint, or a religious leader. Informally, English-speakers often use the word miracle to characterise any beneficial event that is statistically unlikely but not contrary to the laws of nature, such as surviving a natural disaster, or simply a "wonderful" occurrence, regardless of likelihood (e.g. "the miracle of childbirth"). Some coincidences may be seen as miracles.A true miracle would, by definition, be a non-natural phenomenon, leading many writers to dismiss miracles as physically impossible (that is, requiring violation of established laws of physics within their domain of validity) or impossible to confirm by their nature (because all possible physical mechanisms can never be ruled out). The former position is expressed (for instance) by Thomas Jefferson, and the latter by David Hume. Theologians typically say that, with divine providence, God regularly works through nature yet, as a creator, may work without, above, or against it as well.


  1. miracle

    A miracle is an extraordinary event that is believed to be caused by a divine or supernatural power, typically considered as a positive occurrence that cannot be explained by natural or scientific laws and is therefore attributed to the actions or intervention of a deity or higher power.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Miraclenoun

    a wonder or wonderful thing

  2. Miraclenoun

    specifically: An event or effect contrary to the established constitution and course of things, or a deviation from the known laws of nature; a supernatural event, or one transcending the ordinary laws by which the universe is governed

  3. Miraclenoun

    a miracle play

  4. Miraclenoun

    a story or legend abounding in miracles

  5. Miracleverb

    to make wonderful

  6. Etymology: [F., fr. L. miraculum, fr. mirari to wonder. See Marvel, and cf. Mirror.]


  1. Miracle

    A miracle is an event not ascribable to human power or the laws of nature and consequently attributed to a supernatural, especially divine, agency. Such an event may be attributed to a miracle worker, saint, or religious leader. A miracle is sometimes thought of as a perceptible interruption of the laws of nature. Others suggest that God may work with the laws of nature to perform what are considered miracles. Theologians say that, with divine providence, God regularly works through created nature yet is free to work without, above, or against it as well. The word "miracle" is often used to characterise any beneficial event that is statistically unlikely but not contrary to the laws of nature, such as surviving a natural disaster, or simply a "wonderful" occurrence, regardless of likelihood, such as a birth. Other miracles might be: survival of an illness diagnosed as terminal, escaping a life-threatening situation or 'beating the odds'. Some coincidences may be seen as miracles.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Miracle

    mir′a-kl, n. anything wonderful: a prodigy: anything beyond human power, and away from the common action of the laws of nature: a supernatural event.ns. Mir′acle-mong′er, one who pretends to work miracles; Mir′acle-play, a medieval form of drama founded on Old or New Testament history, or the legends of the saints.—adj. Mirac′ulous, of the nature of a miracle: done by supernatural power: very wonderful: able to perform miracles.—adv. Mirac′ulously.—n. Mirac′ulousness. [Fr.,—L. miraculummirāri, -ātus, to wonder.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. miracle

    1. A happening seen by four men at once, but by no one man in particular--hence, a collective, but otherwise untrue, fact. 2. The minutiæ of cosmologies. 3. A physical event described by those to whom it was related by men who did not see it. 4. A portent that precedes the coming of a Liar with letters patent from Nowhere, or a series of extraordinary occurrences that attend his comings and goings and mouthings that in no way equal in majesty, beauty or mystery the simplest commonplace of his life. (No god, demigod, or other parasite of human ignorance is complete without miracles, for it is only the natural and commonplace that are unbelievable.)

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    A woman who won't talk.

Editors Contribution

  1. miracle

    A fasttrack that enables the creation of a healthy body, sane mind, spirit, soul, subconscious, conscience and consciousness.

    There are many miracles that get created daily on earth.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2020  

  2. miraclenoun

    Mine intelligent space stationed stars in the constellation alternating current language engineering. 1.) A surprising and welcome event that is not explicit by natural or scientific laws and is therefore considered to be the work of a divine agency.

    We are a miracle together just as God is magical alone.

    Etymology: Magical

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on February 27, 2024  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Miracle is ranked #5525 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Miracle surname appeared 6,291 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Miracle.

    93% or 5,855 total occurrences were White.
    2.9% or 188 total occurrences were Black.
    1.6% or 104 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.2% or 79 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.5% or 36 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.4% or 29 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'miracle' in Nouns Frequency: #2187

Anagrams for miracle »

  1. reclaim

  2. claimer

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of miracle in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of miracle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of miracle in a Sentence

  1. Desiree Fortin:

    They are the road map to my motherhood. They are a representation of my three miracle babies who I would not have if I did not walk through infertility and carry three human beings at one time.

  2. Jennifer Smith:

    There are just so many worries in the world right now. If I can take one worry away from John Burley, that's the least I can do, i can't cure diseases. I'm not a miracle worker... I made a promise to John Burley to take care of Boomer. I will take care of him as long as he needs me to. John Burley knows that. Right now the focus is on John Burley getting better and taking it one day at a time.

  3. Officer Tyler Beddoes:

    It's heartbreaking. Was she crying most the night? it's a miracle. . . She was needed for sure elsewhere.

  4. Lois Greenfield:

    It's a good example of 'moving still,' because she's moving and the ribbon becomes like a sculpture, it's really a very simple shot, and it's just what I like to call a miracle moment. ... It's just the right moment, where you feel that she's running in (the ribbon).

  5. Denis Demers:

    It's a miracle, i don't know how a person can survive a fall from an airplane like that.

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