mirabile dictu


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mi·ra·bi·le dic·tu

 (mĭ-rä′bĭ-lē dĭk′to͞o)
interj.
Wonderful to relate.

[Latin mīrābile dictū : mīrābile, neuter sing. of mīrābilis, wonderful + dictū, ablative sing. supine of dīcere, to say.]
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mirabile dictu

(mɪˈræbɪleɪ ˈdɪktuː)
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) wonderful to relate; amazing to say
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mi•ra•bi•le dic•tu

(miˈrɑ bɪˌlɛ ˈdɪk tu; Eng. mɪˈrɑ bə li ˈdɪk tu, -tyu, -ˈræb ə-)
Latin. strange to say; marvelous to relate.
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mirabile dictu

A Latin phrase meaning wonderful to relate, used to refer to something surprising.
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