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Examples of prodigious in a Sentence
- Graceful afield and afoot in his youth, he bullied into a prodigious slugger in his final years. —Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated, 28 July 2003
- She had what was known in those days as a hollow leg, meaning she was able to drink prodigious amounts of liquor without getting drunk, or so she thought. —Vanity Fair, July 2000
- … Isaac [Newton] was allowed to resume at Grantham and go on to Cambridge, where … he was to remain for nearly thirty-five secluded, prodigious years. —John Updike, New Yorker, 30 Mar. 1998
stage magicians performing prodigious feats for rapt audiences
a prodigious supply of canned food kept in the basement for emergencies
Recent Examples of prodigious from the Web
Chosen Few, 3:30 p.m.-4:15 p.m.: The prodigious Chicago saxophonist Isaiah Collier leads the band.
Pinckney was a state senator and a prodigious preacher whose sermons were full of black liberation theology and a rare kind of intellect.
So the money pouring into and out of the campaign to spare Alabama another Roy Moore psychodrama could be prodigious.
Three weeks of preseason football is hardly enough to judge, but the Lions are hopeful that a change of scenery was all Robinson needed to make the most of his prodigious talents.
Serge Poliakoff had left behind a prodigious body of work—
Cincinnati's mayor is known as a prodigious fundraiser, and Whaley needs Cranley's deep-pocketed donor connections to bolster her campaign in a crowded primary.
The prodigious power of two 24-year-old sluggers with local ties has reaped benefits, and their reward now includes a shot in the bigs.
Destiny Slocum, who transferred to Oregon State after a prodigious freshman year, was rated No.
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Synonymsamazing, astonishing, astounding, awesome, awful, eye-opening, fabulous, miraculous, portentous, marvelous, staggering, stunning, stupendous, sublime, surprising, wonderful, wondrous
Antonymsbantam, bitty, diminutive, infinitesimal, Lilliputian, little bitty, micro, microminiature, microscopic (also microscopical), midget, miniature, minuscule, minute, pocket, pygmy, teensy, teensy-weensy, teeny, teeny-weeny, tiny, wee
Related Wordsincomprehensible, inconceivable, incredible, unbelievable, unimaginable, unthinkable; extraordinary, phenomenal, rare, sensational, spectacular; singular, uncommon, unique, unusual, unwonted; conspicuous, notable, noticeable, outstanding, remarkable; impressive, smashing, striking; mind-bending, mind-blowing, mind-boggling; animating, energizing, enlightening, enlivening, exciting, galvanizing, invigorating, stimulating; alluring, attracting, attractive, beguiling, bewitching, captivating, charming, enchanting, entertaining, enthralling, fascinating, interesting
Near Antonymsunimpressive, uninspiring, unremarkable; boring, dull, jading, monotonous, tedious, tiring, uninspired, uninteresting, wearisome, weary, wearying; common, customary, mundane, normal, ordinary, typical, unexceptional, usual; draining, enervating, exhausting, fatiguing, wearing; debilitating, enfeebling; demoralizing, discouraging, disheartening, dispiriting
Synonym Discussion of prodigious
- the monstrous waste of the project
- made a prodigious effort and rolled the stone aside
- the tremendous roar of the cataract
- a stupendous volcanic eruption
PRODIGIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of prodigious for English Language Learners
: amazing or wonderful : very impressive
: very big
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