prodigious

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj prodigious so great in size or force or extent as to elicit awe "colossal crumbling ruins of an ancient temple","has a colossal nerve","a prodigious storm","a stupendous field of grass","stupendous demand"
    • adj prodigious far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree "a night of exceeding darkness","an exceptional memory","olympian efforts to save the city from bankruptcy","the young Mozart's prodigious talents"
    • adj prodigious of momentous or ominous significance "such a portentous...monster raised all my curiosity"- Herman Melville","a prodigious vision"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Prodigious Extraordinary in bulk, extent, quantity, or degree; very great; vast; huge; immense; as, a prodigious mountain; a prodigious creature; a prodigious blunder. "Prodigious might."
    • Prodigious Of the nature of a prodigy; marvelous; wonderful; portentous. "It is prodigious to have thunder in a clear sky."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • prodigious Having the character or partaking of the nature of a prodigy; portentous.
    • prodigious Wonderfully large; very great in size, quantity, or extent; monstrous; immense; huge; enormous.
    • prodigious Very great in degree; excessive; extreme.
    • prodigious Synonyms Monstrous, marvelous, amazing, astonishing, astounding, extraordinary.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Prodigious like a prodigy: astonishing: more than usually large in size or degree: monstrous
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Quotations

  • Virginia Woolf
    Virginia%20Woolf
    “One likes people much better when they're battered down by a prodigious siege of misfortune than when they triumph.”
  • Robert Moses
    Robert Moses
    “He continued to be an infant long after he ceased to be a prodigy.”
  • Desiderius Erasmus
    Desiderius%20Erasmus
    “Everybody hates a prodigy, detests an old head on young shoulders.”
  • Mark Twain
    Mark%20Twain
    “I must have a prodigious quantity of mind; it takes me as much as a week, sometimes, to make it up.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. prodigiosus, fr. prodigium, a prodigy; cf. F. prodigieux,. See Prodigy
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. prodige—L. prodigium, a prophetic sign—pro, before, dicĕre, to say.

Usage

In literature:

This prodigy was found to intimate a new calamity.
"Folk-Lore and Legends; Scandinavian" by Various
These also abound in serpents, some of which are of prodigious size.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 11" by Robert Kerr
And Virata's son also, exceedingly exasperated began to perform prodigious fears of valour.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
The robbery was prodigious in its amount, the indignity put upon the nation unspeakable.
"American Merchant Ships and Sailors" by Willis J. Abbot
It must be some portentous thing, like Regicide France, that can exhibit such a prodigy.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. V. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
From the practice of a few holding Negroes as slaves, it became general and prodigious.
"History of the Negro Race in America From 1619 to 1880. Vol 1" by George W. Williams
Napoleon commanded in person, and his triumph was prodigious.
"Notable Events of the Nineteenth Century" by Various
The prodigy still works on from generation to generation.
"The Memories of Fifty Years" by William H. Sparks
Moistened by the salt mist the trees did not wither, but grew prodigiously.
"A Dutch Boy Fifty Years After" by Edward Bok
An awe, which we cannot describe, and a silence, deep as that of the grave, followed this terrible prodigy.
"The Evil Eye; Or, The Black Spector The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
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In poetry:

DARIA (aside).
Thus to be
By such prodigies surrounded,
Leaves me dazzled and confounded.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act III" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
What virtue is beyond our prize?
What deed beneath you sun
More Godlike than the prodigies
We mortal men have done?
"The Young Man's Song" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
Seized sometimes by prodigious qualms
(Nightmares of bankruptcy and death), -
Showers down in lumps a load of alms,
Then pants as one who has lost a breath;
"Lines To A Friend Visiting America" by George Meredith
Come, my Lucasia, since we see That miracles Men's Faith do move,
By wonder and by prodigy
To the dull angry World let's prove
There's a Religion in our Love.
"Friendships Mystery, To My Dearest Lucasia" by Katherine Philips
Of that high palace, proud with its hundred towers,
No ruin remained . . . no shadow nor any gleam.
How frightful the prodigy! the halls, the bowers
Became no more than a vain and vanished dream. . . .
"Crimen Amoris" by Clark Ashton Smith
An infant prodigy I, and ere
Expired a tenth of my granted day,
I wrested from lion-grasp the spear--
A nation's power I held in sway;
I broke the gives from freedom's graves,
And steam and lightning I bound my slaves.
"Uncle Sam's Soliloquy" by Madge Morris Wagner

In news:

The one-time prodigy pushes Mark Martin out of the way to take his first full-length Sprint Cup win.
Prodigious Accumulators of Wealth (PAWs) display the characteristics of optimists , such as persistence and confidence.
"Living in New York is like living in the internet," says David Longstreth, the Dirty Projectors' prodigious composer.
Born and raised in Puno, Peru , Ernesto Apomayta was identified as an artistic prodigy at the tender age of five.
15-year-old Kuha'o is a piano prodigy.
Jack Andraka, the Teen Prodigy of Pancreatic Cancer.
How Do You Raise a Prodigy .
Latino Teen Prodigy Composes for Latin Music's Biggest Stars.
The Prodigy is 11 feet 17 inches long and weighs 42 pounds.
No such thing as halfway crooks: Prodigy and Havoc of Mobb Deep, still hitting hard.
Watch a Salute to Father's Day From DMX, Erick Sermon, Jadakiss, Prodigy , Sean Price, and Jim Jones.
Beef Squashing, Optimism, and Getting Lindsay Lohan's Phone Number: Life Lessons From Mobb Deep's Prodigy .
But a radio spot and postcards were recently sent out with the name " Prodigy Magnet School" to the surprise of at least one school board member.
Prodigy at Viejas Arena.
"That's My Boy" Features Baseball Prodigy .
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In science:

However, given that starburst galaxies are able to support prodigious rates of star formation near their centers, perhaps we should not be surprised that star clusters can also form near the Galactic Center.
The Formation of Star Clusters
VY CMa, in particular, is ejecting large amounts of gas and dust at a prodigious rate.
High Resolution, Long - Slit Spectroscopy of VY CMa: The Evidence for Localized High Mass Loss Events
Over the past two decades, prodigiously detailed maps of protein interaction networks (PPI) have been produced [1, 2].
Protein Interaction Networks are Fragile against Random Attacks and Robust against Malicious Attacks
The “dark energy” required to power this acceleration is prodigious, and indeed must be the dominant constituent of the universe by a factor of 17 over normal matter, and 3 over dark matter (which, despite the name, is probably unrelated).
Type Ia Supernovae as Stellar Endpoints and Cosmological Tools
However, we can assert with confidence that the number of known eclipsing systems in our Galaxy will make a prodigious jump.
The impact of Gaia and LSST on binary stars and exo-planets
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