V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. a young person with exceptional gift or talent; 2. something amazing or extraordinary
Synonyms: genius, virtuoso, marvel, talent, wonder, phenomenon
Tips: Prodigy is derived from the Latin prodigium, which means "sign, omen, portent." Its modern-day meaning may have derived from children with exceptional talents being considered a wonder. Although prodigy can be used for anyone with exceptional talents, it is mostly used to describe children. Something described as prodigious is highly significant or elicits awe due to being far beyond normal.
Mozart was a musical prodigy who began writing concertos at the age of five, when other children were still playing in the sandbox. (marvel, genius)
The mother wanted her daughter to be a golf prodigy so badly, she dragged her to golf practice every day. (talent, marvel)
The boy hated the pressure of being labeled an art prodigy. (genius)
Her prodigious talent for art was discovered when her classmates were finger-painting stick figures, and she picked up a paintbrush and created an impressionistic masterpiece. (amazing, unusual, significant) adjective
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