Great vs Marvel - What's the difference?

great | marvel |

As verbs the difference between great and marvel

is that great is while marvel is to become filled with wonderment or admiration; to be amazed at something.

As a noun marvel is

that which causes wonder; a prodigy; a miracle.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



(wikipedia great)


  • Very big, large scale.
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  • *{{quote-book, year=1922, author=(Ben Travers), title=(A Cuckoo in the Nest)
  • , chapter=1 citation , passage=“[…] the awfully hearty sort of Christmas cards that people do send to other people that they don't know at all well. You know. The kind that have mottoes like // Here's rattling good luck and roaring good cheer, / With lashings of food and great hogsheads of beer.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=7 citation , passage=‘Children crawled over each other like little grey worms in the gutters,’ he said. ‘The only red things about them were their buttocks and they were raw. Their faces looked as if snails had slimed on them and their mothers were like great sick beasts whose byres had never been cleared.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-19, author=(Timothy Garton Ash)
  • , volume=189, issue=6, page=18, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Where Dr Pangloss meets Machiavelli , passage=Hidden behind thickets of acronyms and gorse bushes of detail, a new great game is under way across the globe. Some call it geoeconomics, but it's geopolitics too. The current power play consists of an extraordinary range of countries simultaneously sitting down to negotiate big free trade and investment agreements.}}
  • Very good.
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  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=He was thinking; but the glory of the song, the swell from the great organ, the clustered lights,
  • Important.
  • *(William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • *:He doth object I am too great of birth.
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  • *:“[…] We are engaged in a great work, a treatise on our river fortifications, perhaps? But since when did army officers afford the luxury of amanuenses in this simple republic?”
  • Title referring to an important leader.
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  • Superior; admirable; commanding; applied to thoughts, actions, and feelings.
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  • Endowed with extraordinary powers; uncommonly gifted; able to accomplish vast results; strong; powerful; mighty; noble.
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  • (lb) Pregnant; large with young.
  • *(Bible), (Psalms) lxxviii. 71
  • *:the ewes great with young
  • More than ordinary in degree; very considerable.
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  • *(William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • *:We have all / Great' cause to give ' great thanks.
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  • *:Thus the red damask curtains which now shut out the fog-laden, drizzling atmosphere of the Marylebone Road, had cost a mere song, and yet they might have been warranted to last another thirty years. A great bargain also had been the excellent Axminster carpet which covered the floor;.
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  • Intimate; familiar.
  • *(Francis Bacon) (1561-1626)
  • *:those that are so great with him
  • Usage notes

    In simple situations, using modifiers of intensity such as fairly'', ''somewhat , etc. can lead to an awkward construction, with the exception of certain common expressions such as “so great” and “really great”. In particular “very great” is unusually strong as a reaction, and in many cases “great” or its meaning of “very good” will suffice.


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    Derived terms

    * great big * great chamber * great hall * great room * greatly * greatness


    (en interjection)
  • Expression of gladness and content about something.
  • Great! Thanks for the wonderful work.
  • sarcastic inversion thereof.
  • Oh, great! I just dumped all 500 sheets of the manuscript all over and now I have to put them back in order.


    (en noun)
  • A person of major significance, accomplishment or acclaim.
  • Newton and Einstein are two of the greats of the history of science.
  • A course of academic study devoted to the works of such persons and also known as Literae Humaniores ; the "Greats" name has official status with respect to 's program and is widely used as a colloquialism in reference to similar programs elsewhere.
  • Spencer read Greats at Oxford, taking a starred first.
  • (music) The main division in a pipe organ, usually the loudest division.
  • Adverb

  • very well (in a very satisfactory manner)
  • Those mechanical colored pencils work great because they don't have to be sharpened.

    Derived terms

    * greatly * greatness (compound terms) * just great * great big * great aunt * Great Dane * great-granddaughter * great granddaughter * great-grandfather * great grandfather * great-grandmother * great grandmother * great-grandson * great grandson * great uncle * Great Wall of China * great white shark






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


  • 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.
  • (obsolete) To marvel at.
  • (Wyclif)
  • (obsolete, transitive, used impersonally) To cause to marvel or be surprised.
  • * Richard the Redeless
  • But much now me marvelleth .