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miracle


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A surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore considered to be the work of a divine agency. Recorded from Middle English, the word comes via Old French from Latin miraculum ‘object of wonder’, from mirari ‘to wonder’, from mirus ‘wonderful’.

the age of miracles is past proverbial saying; late sixteenth century, often used ironically, or as a comment on failure.

miracle play a dramatization based on events in the life of Jesus or the legends of the saints, popular in the Middle Ages, a mystery play.

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