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As a child, Mozart had a prodigious talent.
  enormous; or far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
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  • As a child, Mozart had a prodigious talent.
  • It is the most prodigious project of her career so far.
  • a prodigious storm
  • There is a prodigious stench in this place.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible

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  • She was a witch, as Harry knew, with prodigious skill and no conscience.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • By which time the original egg was in a fair way to becoming anything from eight to ninety-six embryos– a prodigious improvement, you will agree, on nature.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • the prodigious power which had been exerted
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • Physically, Stone was a thin, balding man with a prodigious memory that catalogued scientific facts and blue jokes with equal facility,
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • ...the reward offered is prodigious!
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Purloined Letter
  • As she had seen him twice and he had different suits on each time, Maggie had a dim impression that his wardrobe was prodigiously extensive.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets

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  • They were conducted to the platform by Buckstone ... and were delivered to the chairman in the midst of a prodigious explosion of welcome.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • our prodigious experience
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • Prodigious birth of love it is to me,
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • the prodigious quantity of snow
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • Standing on this limb, you could by a prodigious effort jump far enough out into the river for safety.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • Nor mark prodigious,
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • That is the most prodigious girl in this school!
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • "Yeah, the circle was prodigious," Erin said.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • a prodigious yawn
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • "Hawkins, I put prodigious faith in you," added the squire.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • I was ushered into a small room ... with a prodigious bed, almost big enough indeed for any four harpooneers to sleep abreast.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • A prodigious man slept in this cave alone ... knowing none but savage ways, a brute so huge, he seemed no man at all
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • The Turks killed prodigious numbers of the Russians, but the latter had their revenge.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • And who knows but that even this prodigious race of mortals might be equally overmatched in some distant part of the world, whereof we have yet no discovery.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • The crowd enjoyed this episode prodigiously,
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • Father Zeus, you send mankind prodigious follies.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • in the middle of a prodigiously tough snore
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • they could feed prodigiously, and soon a few scattered bones were all that remained of the splendid live brute that had faced the pack a few hours before.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • There was a prodigious roar of applause,
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • Stanley [prodigiously elated]:
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • a prodigious variety of puddings, meringues, and cookies,
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • prodigious grown
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • In the close quarters of an American nuclear family, their mother’s prodigious energy was becoming a real drain on their self-determination.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • This is a gigantic city, after all, and it produces a prodigious volume of garbage.
    Haruki Murakami  --  After Dark
  • ...nothing living on it but game birds ... and the gulls which haunted the outlying rocks in a prodigious number.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  I Have a Dream
  • to write a work of genius is almost always a feat of prodigious difficulty.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • the easiest and the quickest way to get the makings of the vicarage to the village was to hire a forestry barge at a prodigious thirty dollars a day.
    Margaret Craven  --  I Heard the Owl Call My Name
  • Guts on the walls: his prodigious brain emptied out onto his bedspread.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • "He’s American," observed a man sporting a prodigious beard.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Big Mama was a cheerful leviathan who lived in A Dorm—quick with a play on words, generally benevolent, and prodigious in girth.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • They have stayed on with me as assistants — and indeed their prodigious gifts have helped me tremendously but like myself, they cannot form a part of the team.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • The Turk’s strength grew more prodigious with the months.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • "Prodigious," Mrs. Murry said.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • The sea is only a receptacle for all the prodigious, supernatural things that exist inside it.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • So in the prodigious planning and mapping out of strategy during the past week, the one breakdown of logistics came in transportation overland.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • He said the Africans had prodigious skills as wood-carvers and that the country could supply the whole world with high-quality furniture.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Except for that gaping oral cavity of hers and that prodigiously active tongue, she might as well be clad in breastplates, full armor.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Without question, Sir Marcus lumbered to the gleaming French walnut sideboard and rummaged through the drawers with a prodigious clatter, emerging at last with a pearl-handled fruit knife.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • This had a prodigious effect on Andrew Speedy.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
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Associated words [difficulty]:   prodigious [2] , prodigy [3] , child prodigy [8]
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