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Kunstniete
Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017 4:18:26 AM

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Hello everyone,

I wonder if there is a difference between the synonyms for the noun "wonder" (like prodigy, miracle, marvel)?

Thank you very much Angel

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sureshot
Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017 5:25:51 AM
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Kunstniete wrote:
Hello everyone,

I wonder if there is a difference between the synonyms for the noun "wonder" (like prodigy, miracle, marvel)?

Thank you very much Angel


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The noun "wonder(s)" has got various shades of meanings. Out of the three mentioned by you, "marvel" appears to convey the sense of closest synonym. A good dictionary will enable you to grasp the variety of meanings of each word and the subtle nuances of meaning of each intended synonym.
thar
Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017 5:34:02 AM

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A prodigy is young

A hundred-year old climber may be a wonder, but is no prodigy!
(I know technically that is a child prodigy - and a prodigy is a wonder - but the words have taken on modern meanings.
A prodigy is assumed to be young, younger than you would expect to be showing that level of talent.
And 'a prodigious work' now just means a lot. The link with the original meaning of wonder and omens is no longer there.)


A miracle is something that simply shouldn't have happened - it goes against the laws of nature, or probability. (Get certified for performing three of them and you get to be a saint, I think!)
If you fall from a thirty-storey building, it is a miracle that you survive.

A wonder and a marvel are pretty similar - both words originate from your emotional response - you marvel at it, you gaze at it in wonder. Awe-inspiring, awesome, wondrous (not wonderful, that now has a different meaning) a marvel (not marvellous, that also has a different meaning)

- something out of the ordinary - stunning, to be amazed at.

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I started this an hour ago but got distracted, so not a response to post above!
Kunstniete
Posted: Friday, May 19, 2017 9:09:58 AM

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Thank you very much thar, your explanations are quite helpful & interesting Applause

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Posted: Friday, May 19, 2017 10:26:00 AM

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My first comment is a "general, non-specific" one.

There is no such thing as an exact synonym.

There is always a difference - otherwise, there would be only one word . . .

It is true that sometimes in a specific sentence, you can replace one word for another without changing the meaning - but in another sentence, the same pair of words are not interchangeable.

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Personally when I read these words, these are the thoughts I get:

A prodigy is someone who is too young to be able to do what he/she can do.
A miracle is something "impossible" done by someone human or divine.
A marvel is someone or something "impossible" or "wonderful" produced by nature.


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