Genius meaning

jēn'yəs
The personification of a quality.
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The definition of a genius is someone with an amazing mental or creative ability.

An example of a genius is a person with a very high IQ.

An example of a math genius is someone who excels in mathematics.

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A tutelary deity or guardian spirit of a person or place.
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Particular character or essential spirit or nature of a nation, place, age, etc.
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The prevailing spirit or distinctive character, as of a place, a person, or an era.

The genius of Elizabethan England.

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A great natural ability (for a particular activity); strong disposition or inclination.
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(informal) Ingenious, very clever, or original.

What a genius idea!

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Someone possessing extraordinary intelligence or skill; especially somebody who has demonstrated this by a creative or original work in science, music, art etc.
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Extraordinary mental capacity.
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Inspiration, a mental leap, an extraordinary creative process.

A work of genius.

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(Roman mythology) The guardian spirit of a place or person.
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A way of thinking, optimizing one's capacity for learning and understanding.
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Origin of genius

  • Middle English guardian spirit from Latin genə- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin genius (“the guardian spirit of a person, spirit, inclination, wit, genius, literally 'inborn nature'”), from gignere (“to beget, produce”), Old Latin genere, the root gen; see genus.
    From Wiktionary