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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 ?
That is true; I was vexed when I spoke, for I thought an easier and happier day was dawning for my prodigy and pearl.
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 always a Negro prodigy who played barbarously and wonderfully.
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.
A cry followed; he reeled, staggered, clutched at the table and held on, staring with injected eyes, gasping with open mouth; and as I looked there came, I thought, a change--he seemed to swell-- his face became suddenly black and the features seemed to melt and alter--and the next moment, I had sprung to my feet and leaped back against the wall, my arms raised to shield me from that prodigy, my mind submerged in terror.
Verily, a prodigy is this power of praising and blaming.
I forget-- are you a prodigy, or did you say you were not a prodigy?
D'Artagnan, leaning against the wall, in front of Fouquet, with his hand to his brow, asked himself the cause of such a wonderful prodigy.
Testimonials representing Mrs General as a prodigy of piety, learning, virtue, and gentility, were lavishly contributed from influential quarters; and one venerable archdeacon even shed tears in recording his testimony to her perfections
The other prodigy Jimmy told us about was the younger son of a chief, who, although but just turned of ten, had entered upon holy orders, because his superstitious countrymen thought him especially intended for the priesthood from the fact of his having a comb on his head like a rooster.
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.
for so I shall henceforth call him), and his children, and every servant of his house, were desirous to teach me; for they looked upon it as a prodigy, that a brute animal should discover such marks of a rational creature.