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prodigious

adjective

Definition: 1. great in ability, amount, or strength; 2. of momentous and amazing significance

Synonyms: vast, monumental, immense, enormous, amazing, stupendous, extraordinary

Antonyms: small, common, simple, diminutive

Tips: When learning the word prodigious, think of the related word prodigy (something impressive or someone who shows exceptional talent for something.) Both prodigy and prodigious are derived from the same Latin word prodigiosus, which means "strange, wonderful, marvelous." Prodigious is a sophisticated way of commenting on something monumental--large in nature and successful.

Usage Examples:

The prodigious amount of water from the storm caused the entire golf course to flood. (enormous)

The TV show "American Idol" is designed to discover prodigious musical talent. (extraordinary)

The prodigious fund raiser brought in more contributions for the charity than all of its past fund raisers combined. (monumental)

His prodigious talent for negotiations consistently saved the company large amounts of money. (amazing)


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