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What Is Prodigy? Definition And Usage Of This Term

WHAT IS PRODIGY – In this topic, we will first know the definition of this term and how is this term used in sentences.



The Oxford Dictionary defines the term as the following:

  • a person, especially a young one, endowed with exceptional qualities or abilities.
  • an impressive or outstanding example of a particular quality.
  • an amazing or unusual thing, especially one out of the ordinary course of nature.

On the other hand, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines this term as the following:

  • a portentous event
  • something extraordinary or inexplicable
  • an extraordinary, marvelous, or unusual accomplishment, deed, or event
  • a highly talented child or youth


Here are some of the following synonyms of this term:

  • child genius
  • genius
  • wonder child
  • mastermind
  • virtuoso
  • model
  • classic example
  • paragon
  • paradigm
  • epitome
  • exemplar


It is a late 15th century which is from the Latin term prodigium, which means ‘portent’, which is defined as “a sign or warning that something, especially something momentous or calamitous, is likely to happen.”


Here are some examples of this term:

  • Laud was a prodigy of parts and learning over whose tomb Art and Genius still continued to weep. Hampden deserved no more honourable name than that of the “zealot of rebellion.”
  • She lives with her son Wesley Crusher, a young prodigy who serves, first unofficially and then officially, as a crewman as well.
  • However, we know that he did found one of the first Modern dance schools, based in Munich and the first school to produce a Modern dance prodigy named Mary Wigman.
  • From his early days as a child prodigy, Tiger Woods enjoyed a meteoric rise to the top to become one of the greatest golfers of all time.

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