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prodigious

pruh-DIJ-uhs

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Last weekend we went to a gallery opening for a young painter who has taken the art world by storm with her impressive, extraordinary, and prodigious talent. Using her prodigious and amazing technique, coupled with her awe-inspiring knowledge of the old masters, she has created masterful and beautiful works of art. The artist will soon be able to ask and get prodigious or enormous prices for her wonderful work.

Quiz: What does prodigious mean?

  • The next new thing that everyone is talking about.
  • Very large and great in extent.
  • Pertaining to a talent.

Memory Hook
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Prodigious Pro Digger The Grave Digger (AKA Pro Digger) is a famous prodigious monster truck that was the biggest and meanest of them all.

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  • The injury had become so painful it was able to accomplish what few major league pitchers could — silence one of the most prodigious bats in the game over the last decade. —USA Today
  • Much more intriguing, this is a true story brimming with striking characters as well as prodigious achievements and blunders, with thought-provoking lessons for today. —The Christian Science Monitor
  • Bluesman Taj Mahal, then fresh from the Boston hootenanny scene, was one of the Sons' two singers; roots-guitar god Ry Cooder, still in his teens at the time, was the band’s prodigious lead picker. —Rolling Stone
  • This huge 90 million undertaking is a personal best for producer Jerry Bruckheimer, a triumph for Scott and a war film of prodigious power. —Rolling Stone

Word Ingredients
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pro- forward, forth
ig say, affirm
-ious of the nature of

Ultimately from a root word meaning “omen;” an “omen” is a “saying forth” of the future, especially of great or impressive future events.

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YouTube: Liszt Grand Galop Chromatique Valentina Lisitsa's playing is nothing but prodigious.
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Word Variants
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prodigy n a young person who has an extraordinary talent at something