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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
While Americans have not taken up camping or off-roading at a prodigious rate, SUVs have become the vehicles of choice in the United States.
Harvey The atmospheric physics behind Harvey's prodigious rainmaking ability are pretty simple.
Spurs are believed to be desperate to hang on to the prodigious talent, who boss Mauricio Pochettino has affectionately dubbed 'Little Iniesta'.
The health authority has struggled for years to manage the prodigious flow of $8 billion a year from Medicaid into Oregon.
Apple, for example, has become creative in spreading around its prodigious cash.
In college my lack of sleep, coupled with my prodigious intake of light beer and recreational drugs, led these zits to crowd my brow or set up camp three at a time along my hairline.
Although incapable of navigating an ATM or a train station unassisted, Christopher performs prodigious feats of mathematical memory and calculation, and observes the world with an instant acuity.
At the center of the current conflict is the multi-ethnic city of Kirkuk, which is surrounded by prodigious oil fields.
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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
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