Mar"vel*ous (?), a. [OE. merveillous, OF. merveillos, F. Merveilleux. See Marvel, n.] >[Written also marvellous.]


Exciting wonder or surprise; astonishing; wonderful.

This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. Ps. cxiii. 23.


Partaking of the character of miracle, or supernaural 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. -- 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.


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