marvel

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Etymology[edit]

First attested from 1300, from Middle English marvail, from Old French merveille (a wonder), from Vulgar Latin *miribilia, from Latin mirabilia (wonderful things), from neuter plural of mirabilis (strange, wonderful), from miror (I wonder at), from mirus (wonderful).

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Noun[edit]

marvel (plural marvels)

  1. That which causes wonder; a prodigy; a miracle.
    • Bible, Exodus xxxiv. 10
      I will do marvels such as have not been done.
  2. Wonder, astonishment.
    • Sir Walter Scott
      Use lessens marvel.

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Verb[edit]

marvel (third-person singular simple present marvels, present participle (UK) marvelling or (US) marveling, simple past and past participle (UK) marvelled or (US) marveled)

  1. (intransitive) To become filled with wonderment or admiration; to be amazed at something.
    • Bible, 1 John iii. 13
      Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.
  2. (obsolete, transitive) To marvel at.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Wyclif to this entry?)
  3. (obsolete, transitive, used impersonally) To cause to marvel or be surprised.
    • Richard the Redeless
      But much now me marvelleth.

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