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marvelous


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Marvelous  \Mar"vel*ous\,  a.  [OE.  merveillous  OF  merveillos  F. 
  Merveilleux  See  {Marvel},  n.]  [Written  also  {marvellous}.] 
  1.  Exciting  wonder  or  surprise;  astonishing;  wonderful. 
 
  This  is  the  Lord's  doing  it  is  marvelous  in  our 
  eyes.  --Ps.  cxiii. 
  23. 
 
  2.  Partaking  of  the  character  of  miracle,  or  supernatural 
  power;  incredible. 
 
  The  marvelous  fable  includes  whatever  is 
  supernatural,  and  especially  the  machines  of  the 
  gods.  --Pope. 
 
  {The  marvelous},  that  which  exceeds  natural  power,  or  is 
  preternatural;  that  which  is  wonderful;  --  opposed  to  {the 
  probable}. 
 
  Syn:  Wonderful;  astonishing;  surprising;  strange;  improbable; 
  incredible. 
 
  Usage:  {Marvelous},  {Wonderful}.  We  speak  of  a  thing  as 
  wonderful  when  it  awakens  our  surprise  and  admiration; 
  as  marvelous  when  it  is  so  much  out  of  the  ordinary 
  course  of  things  as  to  seem  nearly  or  quite 
  incredible. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  marvelous 
  adj  1:  extraordinarily  good;  used  especially  as  intensifiers;  "a 
  fantastic  trip  to  the  Orient";  "the  film  was 
  fantastic!";  "a  howling  success";  "a  marvelous 
  collection  of  rare  books";  "had  a  rattling 
  conversation  about  politics";  "a  tremendous 
  achievement"  [syn:  {fantastic},  {howling(a)},  {rattling(a)}, 
  {terrific},  {tremendous},  {wonderful},  {wondrous}] 
  2:  too  improbable  to  admit  of  belief;  "a  tall  story"  [syn:  {improbable}, 
  {marvellous},  {tall(a)}] 
  3:  being  or  having  the  character  of  a  miracle  [syn:  {miraculous}] 




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