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prodigious

[pruh-dij-uh s] /prəˈdɪdʒ əs/
adjective
1.
extraordinary in size, amount, extent, degree, force, etc.:
a prodigious research grant.
2.
wonderful or marvelous:
a prodigious feat.
3.
abnormal; monstrous.
4.
Obsolete, ominous.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; < Latin prōdigiōsus marvelous. See prodigy, -ous
Related forms
prodigiously, adverb
prodigiousness, noun
unprodigious, adjective
unprodigiously, adverb
unprodigiousness, noun
Can be confused
prodigious, prestigious.
Synonyms
1. enormous, immense, huge, gigantic, tremendous. 2. amazing, stupendous, astounding, wondrous, miraculous.
Antonyms
1. tiny. 2. ordinary.
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British Dictionary definitions for prodigiously

prodigious

/prəˈdɪdʒəs/
adjective
1.
vast in size, extent, power, etc
2.
wonderful or amazing
3.
(obsolete) threatening
Derived Forms
prodigiously, adverb
prodigiousness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin prōdigiōsus marvellous, from prōdigium, see prodigy
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Word Origin and History for prodigiously

prodigious

adj.

1550s, "ominous," from Middle French prodigieux and directly from Latin prodigiosus "strange, wonderful, marvelous, unnatural," from prodigium (see prodigy). Meaning "vast, enormous" is from c.1600. Related: Prodigiously; prodigiosity.

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