- 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 supernatural power; incredible; so improbable as to defy belief."The marvelous fable includes whatever is supernatural, and especially the machines of the gods." [Pope.]synonyms: 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.
Etymology: OE. merveillous, OF. merveillos, F. Merveilleux. See Marvel (n.)