miracle

A miracle is an event so marvelous that it seems like it was sent from above. Catching that foul ball from the stands at the World Series? A miracle!

Miracle, a noun meaning “amazing or wonderful occurrence," comes from the Latin miraculum “object of wonder." Dig way back and the word derives from smeiros, meaning "to smile," which is exactly what you do when a miracle happens. To quote the American-French author Anais Nin, “The dream was always running ahead of me. To catch up, to live for a moment in unison with it, that was the miracle.” Just ask any rock star.

Definitions of miracle
  1. noun
    a marvellous event manifesting a supernatural act of a divine agent
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    examples:
    Ascension of Christ
    (New Testament) the rising of the body of Jesus into heaven on the 40th day after his Resurrection
    Resurrection of Christ
    (New Testament) the rising of Christ on the third day after the Crucifixion
    types:
    Assumption
    (Christianity) the taking up of the body and soul of the Virgin Mary when her earthly life had ended
    Transfiguration, Transfiguration of Jesus
    (New Testament) the sudden emanation of radiance from the person of Jesus
    type of:
    event
    something that happens at a given place and time
  2. noun
    any amazing or wonderful occurrence
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    type of:
    happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent
    an event that happens
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