1. far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree

    Synonyms : exceeding, exceptional, olympian, surpassing
    Examples :
    • the young Mozart's prodigious talents
  2. so great in size or force or extent as to elicit awe

    Synonyms : colossal, stupendous
    Examples :
    • a prodigious storm
  3. of momentous or ominous significance

    Synonyms : portentous
    Examples :
    • a prodigious vision


  1. a follower who hangs around a host (without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage

    Synonyms : leech, sponge, sponger
    Type Of : follower
  2. an animal or plant that lives in or on a host (another animal or plant); it obtains nourishment from the host without benefiting or killing the host

    Antonyms : host
    Type Of : being, organism


  1. a recklessly extravagant consumer

    Synonyms : profligate, squanderer
    Type Of : consumer
  2. recklessly wasteful

    Synonyms : extravagant, profligate, spendthrift
    Examples :
    • prodigal in their expenditures


  1. having superior power and influence

    Synonyms : overriding, predominant, predominate, preponderant, preponderating


  1. postpone doing what one should be doing

    Synonyms : dilly-dally, dillydally, drag one's feet, drag one's heels, shillyshally, stall
    Type Of : delay
    Examples :
    • He did not want to write the letter and procrastinated for days
  2. postpone or delay needlessly

    Type Of : dillydally, drag one's feet, drag one's heels, shillyshally, delay, stall, dilly-dally
    Examples :
    • He procrastinated the matter until it was almost too late


  1. an ideal instance; a perfect embodiment of a concept

    Synonyms : beau ideal, idol, perfection
    Type Of : ideal
  2. model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal

    Synonyms : apotheosis, ideal, nonesuch, nonpareil, nonsuch, saint
    Type Of : role model, model


  1. a natural inclination

    Synonyms : leaning, propensity
    Type Of : disposition, inclination, tendency
    Examples :
    • he has a proclivity for exaggeration


  1. (logic) a statement that contradicts itself

    Type Of : contradiction, contradiction in terms
    Examples :
    • `I always lie' is a paradox because if it is true it must be false


  1. completely free from dirt or contamination

    Examples :
    • pristine mountain snow
  2. immaculately clean and unused

    Examples :
    • handed her his pristine white handkerchief


  1. be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information

    Synonyms : beat around the bush, equivocate, palter, tergiversate
    Type Of : misinform, mislead