- The definition of a miracle is the occurrence of an amazing and improbable event, often interpreted to have religious origins and to have been caused by God.
When someone recovers from a terminal illness when everyone thought death was certain, the recovery is an example of something that would be described as a miracle.
miracle definition by Webster's New World
- an event or action that apparently contradicts known scientific laws and is hence thought to be due to supernatural causes, esp. to an act of God
- a remarkable event or thing; marvel
- a wonderful example: a miracle of tact
- miracle play
Origin: Old French ; from Classical Latin miraculum, a strange thing, in Ecclesiastical Late Latin miracle ; from mirari, to wonder at ; from mirus, wonderful ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)mei-, to smile
miracle definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- An event that appears inexplicable by the laws of nature and so is held to be supernatural in origin or an act of God: “Miracles are spontaneous, they cannot be summoned, but come of themselves” (Katherine Anne Porter).
- One that excites admiring awe. See Synonyms at wonder.
- A miracle play.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin mīrāculum, from mīrārī, to wonder at, from mīrus, wonderful; see smei- in Indo-European roots.