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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈpɹɒdɪd͡ʒi/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈpɹɑdɪd͡ʒi/
- Hyphenation: prod‧i‧gy
prodigy (plural prodigies)
- An extraordinary occurrence or creature; an anomaly, especially a monster; a freak. [from 16th c.]
- An amazing or marvellous thing; a wonder. [from 17th c.]
- A wonderful example of something. [from 17th c.]
- An extremely talented person, especially a child. [from 17th c.]
- (archaic) An extraordinary thing seen as an omen; a portent. [from 15th c.]
- 1717, Homer, [Alexander] Pope, transl., “Book XII”, in The Iliad of Homer, volume III, London: […] W[illiam] Bowyer, for Bernard Lintott […], →OCLC:
- These on the farther bank now stood and gazed, / By Heaven alarm’d, by prodigies amazed: / A signal omen stopp’d the passing host, / Their martial fury in their wonder lost.
- 1727, William Warburton, “Part I”, in A Critical and Philosophical Enquiry into the Causes of Prodigies and Miracles, as Related by Historians. […], London: […] Thomas Corbett, […], →OCLC, page 1:
- Prodigies and Portents have infected the beſt VVritings of Antiquity; and have ſo blotted and deformed our modern Annals, that (vvith greater Juſtice than Polybius has obſerv'd it, of the former) they may be rather called Tragedies than History.
- 1971, Keith Thomas, Religion and the Decline of Magic, Folio Society, published 2012, page 87:
- John Foxe believed that special prodigies had heralded the Reformation.
- (extremely talented person): wunderkind, girl wonder, girl-genius, boy-genius, boy wonder, child prodigy.
amazing or marvelous thing
wonderful example of something
extremely talented person, especially a child
extraordinary thing seen as an omen
- “prodigy”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “prodigy”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- “prodigy”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.