Definition for MIR'A-CLE

MIR'A-CLE, n. [Fr. from L. miraculum, from miror, to wonder; Arm. miret, to hold. See Marvel.]

  1. Literally, a wonder or wonderful thing; but appropriately,
  2. In theology, 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. Miracles can be wrought only by almighty power, as when Christ healed lepers, saying, “I will, be thou clean;” or calmed the tempest, “Peace, be still.” They considered not the miracle of the loaves. Mark vi. A man approved by God by miracles and signs. Acts ii.
  3. Anciently, a spectacle or dramatic representation exhibiting the lives of the saints. Chaucer.

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