Genius definition

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The personification of a quality.
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Particular character or essential spirit or nature of a nation, place, age, etc.
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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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Extraordinary intellectual and creative power.

Artistic works of genius.

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A person of extraordinary intellect and talent.
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Either of two spirits, one good and one evil, supposed to influence one's destiny.
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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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According to ancient Roman belief, a guardian spirit assigned to a person at birth; tutelary deity.
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A person who has an exceptionally high intelligence quotient, typically above 140.
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A strong natural talent, aptitude, or inclination.

Has a genius for choosing the right words.

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One who has such a talent or inclination.

A genius at diplomacy.

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A great natural ability (for a particular activity); strong disposition or inclination.
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The guardian spirit of any person, place, etc.
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A person considered as having strong influence over another.
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Great mental capacity and inventive ability; esp., great and original creative ability in some art, science, etc.
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A person having such capacity or ability.
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(popularly) Any person with a very high IQ.
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(informal) Ingenious, very clever, or original.

What a genius idea!

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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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(roman mythology) A tutelary deity or guardian spirit of a person or place.
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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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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
genius
Plural:
geniuses

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