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prodigious
used in Gulliver's Travels

23 uses
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Definition
enormous; or far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
  • 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.
    Part 2 — A Voyage to Brobdingnag (7% in)
prodigious = far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
  • However, in my thoughts I could not sufficiently wonder at the intrepidity of these diminutive mortals, who durst venture to mount and walk upon my body, while one of my hands was at liberty, without trembling at the very sight of so prodigious a creature as I must appear to them.
    Part 1 — A Voyage to Lilliput (10% in)
  • As the news of my arrival spread through the kingdom, it brought prodigious numbers of rich, idle, and curious people to see me; so that the villages were almost emptied; and great neglect of tillage and household affairs must have ensued, if his imperial majesty had not provided, by several proclamations and orders of state, against this inconveniency.
    Part 1 — A Voyage to Lilliput (22% in)
  • He desired "I would not take it ill, if he gave orders to certain proper officers to search me; for probably I might carry about me several weapons, which must needs be dangerous things, if they answered the bulk of so prodigious a person."
    Part 1 — A Voyage to Lilliput (25% in)
  • In his right waistcoat-pocket we found a prodigious bundle of white thin substances, folded one over another, about the bigness of three men, tied with a strong cable, and marked with black figures; which we humbly conceive to be writings, every letter almost half as large as the palm of our hands.
    Part 1 — A Voyage to Lilliput (26% in)
  • Within each of these was enclosed a prodigious plate of steel; which, by our orders, we obliged him to show us, because we apprehended they might be dangerous engines.
    Part 1 — A Voyage to Lilliput (27% in)
  • "Having thus, in obedience to your majesty's commands, diligently searched all his pockets, we observed a girdle about his waist made of the hide of some prodigious animal, from which, on the left side, hung a sword of the length of five men; and on the right, a bag or pouch divided into two cells, each cell capable of holding three of your majesty's subjects.
    Part 1 — A Voyage to Lilliput (29% in)
  • The riders would leap them over my hand, as I held it on the ground; and one of the emperor's huntsmen, upon a large courser, took my foot, shoe and all; which was indeed a prodigious leap.
    Part 1 — A Voyage to Lilliput (35% in)
  • They began with many compliments upon my valour and generosity, invited me to that kingdom in the emperor their master's name, and desired me to show them some proofs of my prodigious strength, of which they had heard so many wonders; wherein I readily obliged them, but shall not trouble the reader with the particulars.
    Part 1 — A Voyage to Lilliput (58% in)
  • And these people thought it a prodigious defect of policy among us, when I told them that our laws were enforced only by penalties, without any mention of reward.
    Part 1 — A Voyage to Lilliput (66% in)
  • I shall not trouble the reader with the difficulties I was under, by the help of certain paddles, which cost me ten days making, to get my boat to the royal port of Blefuscu, where a mighty concourse of people appeared upon my arrival, full of wonder at the sight of so prodigious a vessel.
    Part 1 — A Voyage to Lilliput (92% in)
  • That, however, both their majesties would soon be made easy; for I had found a prodigious vessel on the shore, able to carry me on the sea, which he had given orders to fit up, with my own assistance and direction; and he hoped, in a few weeks, both empires would be freed from so insupportable an encumbrance.
    Part 1 — A Voyage to Lilliput (94% in)
  • I was going to holla after them, although it had been to little purpose, when I observed a huge creature walking after them in the sea, as fast as he could: he waded not much deeper than his knees, and took prodigious strides: but our men had the start of him half a league, and, the sea thereabouts being full of sharp-pointed rocks, the monster was not able to overtake the boat.
    Part 2 — A Voyage to Brobdingnag (4% in)
  • But if I should describe the kitchen grate, the prodigious pots and kettles, the joints of meat turning on the spits, with many other particulars, perhaps I should be hardly believed; at least a severe critic would be apt to think I enlarged a little, as travellers are often suspected to do.
    Part 2 — A Voyage to Brobdingnag (47% in)
  • The veins and arteries spouted up such a prodigious quantity of blood, and so high in the air, that the great jet d'eau at Versailles was not equal to it for the time it lasted: and the head, when it fell on the scaffold floor, gave such a bounce as made me start, although I was at least half an English mile distant.
    Part 2 — A Voyage to Brobdingnag (54% in)
  • I felt my box raised very high in the air, and then borne forward with prodigious speed.
    Part 2 — A Voyage to Brobdingnag (86% in)
  • I asked, "whether he or the crew had seen any prodigious birds in the air, about the time he first discovered me."
    Part 2 — A Voyage to Brobdingnag (93% in)
  • For indeed, while I was in that prince's country, I could never endure to look in a glass, after mine eyes had been accustomed to such prodigious objects, because the comparison gave me so despicable a conceit of myself.
    Part 2 — A Voyage to Brobdingnag (97% in)
  • But the greatest curiosity, upon which the fate of the island depends, is a loadstone of a prodigious size, in shape resembling a weaver's shuttle.
    Part 3 — A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, .... (24% in)
  • I had the curiosity to inquire in a particular manner, by what methods great numbers had procured to themselves high titles of honour, and prodigious estates; and I confined my inquiry to a very modern period: however, without grating upon present times, because I would be sure to give no offence even to foreigners (for I hope the reader need not be told, that I do not in the least intend my own country, in what I say upon this occasion,) a great number of persons concerned were called...
    Part 3 — A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, .... (72% in)
  • They would often spring, and bound, and leap, with prodigious agility.
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (4% in)
  • Here my master interposing, said, "it was a pity, that creatures endowed with such prodigious abilities of mind, as these lawyers, by the description I gave of them, must certainly be, were not rather encouraged to be instructors of others in wisdom and knowledge."
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (38% in)
  • They are prodigiously nimble from their infancy.
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (58% in)

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