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Prodigy definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

PROD'IGY, n. [L. prodigium, from prodigo, to shoot out, drive out, properly to spread to a great extent.
1. Any thing out of the ordinary process of nature, as so extraordinary as to excite wonder or astonishment; as a prodigy of learning.
2. Something extraordinary from which omens are drawn; portent. Thus eclipses and meteors were anciently deemed prodigies.
3. A monster; an animal or other production out of the ordinary course of nature.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: an unusually gifted or intelligent (young) person; someone whose talents excite wonder and admiration; "she is a chess prodigy"
2: a sign of something about to happen; "he looked for an omen before going into battle" [syn: omen, portent, presage, prognostic, prognostication, prodigy]
3: an impressive or wonderful example of a particular quality; "the Marines are expected to perform prodigies of valor"

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural -gies) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin prodigium omen, monster, from pro-, prod- + -igium (akin to aio I say) more at adage Date: 15th century 1. a. a portentous event ; omen b. something extraordinary or inexplicable 2. a. an extraordinary, marvelous, or unusual accomplishment, deed, or event b. a highly talented child or youth

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (pl. -ies) 1 a person endowed with exceptional qualities or abilities, esp. a precocious child. 2 a marvellous thing, esp. one out of the ordinary course of nature. 3 (foll. by of) a wonderful example (of a quality). Etymology: L prodigium portent

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Prodigy Prod"i*gy, n.; pl. Prodigies. [ L. prodigium; pro before + (perh.) a word appearing in adagium adage: cf. F. prodige. Cf. Adage. ] 1. Something extraordinary, or out of the usual course of nature, from which omens are drawn; a portent; as, eclipses and meteors were anciently deemed prodigies. So many terrors, voices, prodigies, May warn thee, as a sure foregoing sign. --Milton. 2. Anything so extraordinary as to excite wonder or astonishment; a marvel; as, a prodigy of learning. 3. A production out of ordinary course of nature; an abnormal development; a monster. --B. Jonson. Syn: Wonder; miracle; portent; marvel; monster.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(prodigies) A prodigy is someone young who has a great natural ability for something such as music, mathematics, or sport. ...a Russian tennis prodigy. N-COUNT: usu supp N

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Marvel, portent, wonder, miracle. 2. Monster, monstrosity, unnatural product.

Moby Thesaurus

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