Mar·vel·ous a. [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; so improbable as to defy belief.
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.
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), marvellous,
rattling(a), terrific, tremendous, wonderful,
2: too improbable to admit of belief; "a tall story" [syn: improbable,
3: being or having the character of a miracle [syn: marvellous,