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prod·i·gy

 (prŏd′ə-jē)
n. pl. prod·i·gies
1. A person with exceptional talents or powers: a math prodigy.
2. An act or event so extraordinary or rare as to inspire wonder: "The Spies performed prodigies of activity in clambering over the rooftops and cutting the streamers that fluttered from the chimneys" (George Orwell).
3. Archaic A portentous sign or event; an omen.

[Middle English prodige, portent, from Latin prōdigium.]

prodigy

(ˈprɒdɪdʒɪ)
n, pl -gies
1. a person, esp a child, of unusual or marvellous talents. Also called: child genius or child prodigy
2. anything that is a cause of wonder and amazement
3. something monstrous or abnormal
4. an archaic word for omen
[C16: from Latin prōdigium an unnatural happening, from pro-1 + -igium, probably from āio I say]

prod•i•gy

(ˈprɒd ɪ dʒi)

n., pl. -gies.
1. a person, esp. a child or young person, having extraordinary talent or ability: a musical prodigy.
2. something that excites wonder or amazement.
3. something abnormal or monstrous.
4. Archaic. something regarded as of prophetic significance.
[1425–75; < Latin prōdigium prophetic sign]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prodigy - an unusually gifted or intelligent (young) personprodigy - an unusually gifted or intelligent (young) person; someone whose talents excite wonder and admiration; "she is a chess prodigy"
boy wonder - an extremely talented young male person
child prodigy, infant prodigy, wonder child - a prodigy whose talents are recognized at an early age; "Mozart was a child prodigy"
brainiac, genius, mastermind, Einstein, brain - someone who has exceptional intellectual ability and originality; "Mozart was a child genius"; "he's smart but he's no Einstein"
girl wonder - an extremely talented young female person
2.prodigy - a sign of something about to happenprodigy - a sign of something about to happen; "he looked for an omen before going into battle"
augury, foretoken, preindication, sign - an event that is experienced as indicating important things to come; "he hoped it was an augury"; "it was a sign from God"
auspice - a favorable omen
foreboding - an unfavorable omen
death knell - an omen of death or destruction
3.prodigy - an impressive or wonderful example of a particular quality; "the Marines are expected to perform prodigies of valor"
exemplar, good example, example, model - something to be imitated; "an exemplar of success"; "a model of clarity"; "he is the very model of a modern major general"

prodigy

noun genius, talent, wizard, mastermind, whizz (informal), whizz kid (informal), wunderkind, brainbox, child genius, wonder child an 11-year-old chess prodigy

prodigy

noun
One that evokes great surprise and admiration:
Idioms: one for the books, the eighth wonder of the world.
Translations
أُعْجوبَه، آيَه، شَيءٌ رائِع
zázrak
vidunder
enneennusmerkkiihmeihmelapsimalliesimerkki
csodagyerek
undra-
前兆神童驚異
dabas brīnums/retums
underbarn

prodigy

[ˈprɒdɪdʒɪ] Nprodigio m
child prodigy; infant prodigyniño/a m/f prodigio

prodigy

[ˈprɒdɪdʒi] nprodige m

prodigy

nWunder nt; child or infant prodigyWunderkind nt

prodigy

[ˈprɒdɪdʒɪ] nprodigio
child prodigy, infant prodigy → bambino/a prodigio inv

prodigy

(ˈprodidʒi) plural ˈprodigies noun
something strange and wonderful. A very clever child is sometimes called a child prodigy; prodigies of nature.
References in classic literature ?
He was always a Negro prodigy who played barbarously and wonderfully.
Heyward lifted his head from the cover, and beheld what he justly considered a prodigy of rashness and skill.
He has NOT literally `ever,' in these weeks that I myself have lived with him and so closely watched him; he has been an imperturbable little prodigy of delightful, lovable goodness.
Like one who after a night of drunken revelry hies to his bed, still reeling, but with conscience yet pricking him, as the plungings of the Roman race-horse but so much the more strike his steel tags into him; as one who in that miserable plight still turns and turns in giddy anguish, praying God for annihilation until the fit be passed; and at last amid the whirl of woe he feels, a deep stupor steals over him, as over the man who bleeds to death, for conscience is the wound, and there's naught to staunch it; so, after sore wrestlings in his berth, Jonah's prodigy of ponderous misery drags him drowning down to sleep.
Not the wondrous cistern in the whale's huge head; not the prodigy of his unhinged lower jaw; not the miracle of his symmetrical tail; none of these would so surprise you, as half a glimpse of that unaccountable cone, -- longer than a Kentuckian is tall, nigh a foot in diameter at the base, and jet-black as Yojo, the ebony idol of Queequeg.
He was quite able to bear his sufferings--it was as if he had all these complaints to show what a prodigy of health he was.
Walters' ecstasy complete, and that was a chance to deliver a Bible-prize and exhibit a prodigy.
That is true; I was vexed when I spoke, for I thought an easier and happier day was dawning for my prodigy and pearl.
I told him all I knew, but he would have believed anything I might have taken it into my head to impart to him; for he had a profound veneration for my abilities, and informed his wife in my hearing, on that very occasion, that I was 'a young Roeshus' - by which I think he meant prodigy.
In this terrible agitation of mind, I could not forbear thinking of Lilliput, whose inhabitants looked upon me as the greatest prodigy that ever appeared in the world; where I was able to draw an imperial fleet in my hand, and perform those other actions, which will be recorded for ever in the chronicles of that empire, while posterity shall hardly believe them, although attested by millions.
The establishment of a Constitution, in time of profound peace, by the voluntary ocnsent of a whole people, is a PRODIGY, to the completion of which I look forward with trembling anxiety.
Or, if you shall so prefer to choose, a new province of knowledge and new avenues to fame and power shall be laid open to you, here, in this room, upon the instant; and your sight shall be blasted by a prodigy to stagger the unbelief of Satan.