miraculous

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj miraculous peculiarly fortunate or appropriate; as if by divine intervention "a heaven-sent rain saved the crops","a providential recovery"
    • adj miraculous being or having the character of a miracle
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Miraculous Of the nature of a miracle; performed by supernatural power; effected by the direct agency of almighty power, and not by natural causes.
    • Miraculous Supernatural; wonderful.
    • Miraculous Wonder-working. "The miraculous harp."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • miraculous Exceedingly surprising or wonderful; extraordinary; incomprehensible: as, a miraculous escape.
    • miraculous Of the nature of a miracle; working miracles; performed by, involving, or exhibiting a power beyond the ordinary agency of natural laws; supernatural.
    • miraculous Synonyms Preternatural, Superhuman, etc. See supernatural.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Miraculous of the nature of a miracle: done by supernatural power: very wonderful: able to perform miracles
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Quotations

  • Georges Clemenceau
    Georges%20Clemenceau
    “America is the only nation in history which, miraculously, has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization.”
  • Salman Rushdie
    Salman%20Rushdie
    “Such is the miraculous nature of the future of exiles: what is first uttered in the impotence of an overheated apartment becomes the fate of nations.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If we miraculously became the people we hate, how lovable we would find ourselves.”
  • William James
    William%20James
    “If the grace of God miraculously operates, it probably operates through the subliminal door.”
  • Henry Miller
    Henry%20Miller
    “Moralities, ethics, laws, customs, beliefs, doctrines --these are of trifling import. All that matters is that the miraculous become the norm.”
  • Harry J. Johnson
    Harry J. Johnson
    “Your body is an amazing creation, capable of performing great wonders, but you can destroy that miraculous machine's potential with an overdose of stress.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. miraculeux,. See Miracle
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. miraculummirāri, -ātus, to wonder.

Usage

In literature:

Why, it seemed scarcely a month since the miraculous child had not even sense enough to take milk out of a spoon!
"A Great Man" by Arnold Bennett
And with a miraculous youthful ease I understood all that I saw and heard.
"The Harbor" by Ernest Poole
The spectators look on coolly at one more of the oft-seen, miraculous events.
"The Venetian School of Painting" by Evelyn March Phillipps
Yet the allegation of, a great anatomist on such a matter is infinitely more plausible than any miraculous story of the Christian religion.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
Not only were the Jews, like their flocks and herds, miraculously supported; they were also miraculously found in clothes.
"Bible Romances" by George W. Foote
I abruptly, miraculously recovered, and all was silent as before.
"Byways of Ghost-Land" by Elliott O'Donnell
What Muller learned from that one specimen seems almost miraculous.
"A History of Science, Volume 5(of 5)" by Henry Smith Williams
Some fishers who went out at dawn were attracted by the miraculous light which shone around it.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
There were wonderful and miraculous things connected with the Virgin and the Infant Christ.
"The Record of Nicholas Freydon" by A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
Freddy Soligen had been miraculously saved from the physical beating taken by Joe Mauser in the crash.
"Frigid Fracas" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
There were two reasons for this almost miraculous change.
"The Angel of the Revolution" by George Griffith
Some of the escapes seemed almost miraculous.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
But it would be miraculous.
"The Crime of the Boulevard" by Jules Claretie
My lingering cold had miraculously vanished, inflamed sinuses and all.
"Life Blood" by Thomas Hoover
Miraculously the key was still there.
"The Moghul" by Thomas Hoover
Russians always have their "living saints," some of them miraculous.
"The Green Book" by Mór Jókai
He rejected with indignation the miraculous stories told to confirm the doctrine of transubstantiation.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 6" by Various
Certain it is that, without miraculous preservation, they could never have been brought together, nor again dispersed.
"The Religion of Geology and Its Connected Sciences" by Edward Hitchcock
The elements are miraculously recreated as body and blood.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 8" by Various
I omit here a multitude of miraculous adventures that happened to the publican, in order to come to the most important.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 7 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
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In poetry:

Sure, she was one who, being dead, yet brought me.
Miraculous, a strength that comforteth,
And the Viaticum of her survival
Guiding me from the further side of Death.
"She Of The Garden" by Emile Verhaeren
And, after this miraculous descent,
He to the desert, to be tempted, went;
Where, though he by the fiend was sore assail'd,
In each assault the baffled tempter fail'd.
"The Life And Death Of Christ" by Rees Prichard
Dragging their Jesus hair.
Did I escape, I wonder?
My mind winds to you
Old barnacled umbilicus, Atlantic cable,
Keeping itself, it seems, in a state of miraculous
repair.
"Medusa" by Sylvia Plath
All? yet a remnant — (of five hundred souls
Hope breathes a tithe)— miraculously saved;
Above the rest, where first that Viking raved,
His mighty banner the dark Ocean rolls!
"The Lost Arctic " by Martin Farquhar Tupper
I was a dreamer ever, and bound to your dear service
Meditating deep, I thought on your secret beauty,
As through a child's face one may see the clear spirit
Miraculously shining.
"Strange Service" by Ivor Gurney
Faithful before thee, Mother of God, now kneeling,
Image miraculous and merciful--of thee
Not for my soul's health nor battles waged, beseeching,
Nor yet with thanks or penitence o'erwhelming me!
"A Prayer" by Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov

In news:

In the aftermath of the strike- authorization vote by Chicago's public school teachers, CEO Jean-Claude Brizard underwent a miraculous transformation: he turned into me.
Since surviving a devastating small plane propellor accident last December, model and fashion blogger Lauren Scruggs has made a miraculous recovery, which meant she had even more to celebrate when she turned 24 on Wednesday.
Farro has a richly nutty, wheaten flavor and a miraculous chew, soft but pleasantly resilient to pressure.
Guilford's Adam Greenberg was hit in the head on his 1st pitch in the majors, but his comeback has been nothing short of miraculous.
This week, miraculously, that isn't your problem.
The documentary from Bart Layton involves the strange story of a 13-year-old Texas boy who disappears in 1994 only to surface miraculously in Spain years later.
In the book, 101 miraculous stories are told as signs from beyond, amazing connections and love that doesn't die.
HALF a century after his invention, having now outlived his creator by more than 40 years, James Bond has taken on an almost religious role in our lives, miraculously reincarnating and retooling.
Teen makes miraculous recovery from drowning accident.
Baby's birth ' miraculous '.
Tiny Tim triggers Scrooge's miraculous transformation.
Send "One miraculous night" to a friend.
After the Disaster, a Miraculous Canoe.
Tracking the San Francisco Giants' miraculous World Series season.
Denver Broncos' anatomy of a miraculous comeback victory vs Chargers.
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In science:

The consequences are in agreement with predictions of mathematical physicists previously considered near-miraculous (see , Chapter 9).
The Random-Cluster Model
In this paper we remark that such complicated explicit formulas have miraculously simple interpretations after allowing algebroids and groupoids into the picture.
Generalized complex structures and Lie brackets
It is typical for functional integrals to have zeroes in such points and it is not miraculous if β (g ) has also such zeroes.
On 't Hooft's representation of the \beta-function
The particular choice of the constants qℓ in (5.19) leads to a rather miraculous looking cancellation we will encounter below.
Sharp asymptotics for metastability in the random field Curie-Weiss model
Quite miraculously, all of the mechanisms that have been devised recently within the facility location domain (and shown to give tight bounds with respect to various objective functions) can be formulated as special cases of mechanism PB.
Randomized Strategyproof Mechanisms for Facility Location and the Mini-Sum-of-Squares Objective
In their calculation this cancellation appears quite miraculous, though the UV finiteness of the Type IIB loop amplitudes implies that it had to work.
The Early History of String Theory and Supersymmetry
In view of these two facts, we believe that the convergence rates obesrved on Figures 12 and 13 are somehow miraculous, and due to the symmetry of the distribution of the conductances under the transformation z 7→ −z .
Random walk in random environment, corrector equation, and homogenized coefficients: from theory to numerics, back and forth
In the end all the residues miraculously combine into a single Fredholm determinant, which should be viewed as a manifestation of the fact that we are working in the representation–theoretic framework.
Lectures on integrable probability
For an account of the history and the “miraculous” nature of this construction, see van der Poorten .
A simplification of Ap\'ery's proof of the irrationality of \zeta(3)
There is nothing miraculous about this cancellation; it simply reflects how physics cannot depend on the intermediate steps in a calculation.
Uses and Abuses of Effective Lagrangians
Some time ago, Nathan Seiberg and I suggested that the term “string miracle” should have a technical meaning, referring precisely to phenomena of this kind.3 We will explain shortly in what sense the string axion is miraculous, according to this definition.
String Theory: Lessons for Low Energy Physics
While the presence of this axion is “miraculous,” there are two reasons why it might not solve the strong CP problem.
String Theory: Lessons for Low Energy Physics
Remark. 2.23 seems somewhat miraculous to me.
Del Pezzo surfaces over Dedekind schemes
In spite of this simple argument, which demonstrates that an ensemble interpretation would require a complicated and miraculous nonlocal “background mechanism” in order to work consistently (cf.
Decoherence: Basic Concepts and Their Interpretation
Miraculously, this can be done, and the relevant parameters turn out to be the quantities ˆµ and r , with (8.16)-(8.18) the corresponding consistency equations9 We will now follow these ideas and give the individual steps a precise meaning.
Hopfield models as generalized random mean field models
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