Definition of genius in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈjēnyəs/

noun (plural geniuses)

1Exceptional intellectual or creative power or other natural ability: she was a teacher of genius Gardner had a real genius for tapping wealth
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  • It was this man who, in 1799, combined a passion for power with his genius for leadership.
  • The player is valued by his ability to play with skill, courage, commitment, genius, flair, strength and legitimate aggression.
  • Their affiliation does not spring from supposed gifts of natural genius.
brilliance, intelligence, intellect, ability, cleverness, brains, erudition, wisdom, fine mind;
artistry, flair
2A person who is exceptionally intelligent or creative, either generally or in some particular respect: one of the great musical geniuses of the 20th century
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  • It was indeed the activity of the geniuses, of the masters of their craft, that made the rules.
  • It is, after all, the biggest country on earth with a colossal roll-call of intellectual and artistic geniuses.
  • This Valentine's Day, for the first time, the two musical geniuses are coming together.
brilliant person, gifted person, mastermind, Einstein, intellectual, great intellect, brain, mind;
informal egghead, bright spark, brainiac, rocket scientist
3A person regarded as exerting a powerful influence over another for good or evil: he sees Adams as the man’s evil genius this young man is my good genius, my guardian angel
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  • He was known as the evil genius of the Nixon administration, you may recall.
  • He's the evil genius behind the biggest political con-trick in history.
  • The evil genii at the helm in fact want Dean to be the man they run against.
3.1 (plural genii /ˈjēnēˌī/) (In some mythologies) a guardian spirit associated with a person, place, or institution.
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  • The niches perhaps also recall Roman lararia, and the snakes the protective genii associated with such household shrines.
4 (plural genii) The prevalent character or spirit of something such as a nation or age: Boucher’s paintings did not suit the austere genius of neoclassicism
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  • Few people today would have difficulty recognizing in Haydon the outlines of a new social character - the romantic genius.
  • Does democracy suit the genius of our two peoples, where votes are cast/obtained for considerations other than merit and manifestos?
  • Secularism suits the genius of a multi-religious, multi-caste and multi-lingual country like India best.


Very clever or ingenious: a genius marketing ploy this book was absolutely genius in parts
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  • Whoever had the 'genius' idea to make Cole Porter 'hip with the kids' needs a brain transplant.
  • The genius idea in Shrek 2 is Shrek turning into a handsome hero.
  • The opening is the same kind of slow music as the "New World" largo, without the genius touches (like the opening chordal passage) that distinguish the Dvorak.


Late Middle English: from Latin, 'attendant spirit present from one's birth, innate ability or inclination', from the root of gignere 'beget'. The original sense 'tutelary spirit attendant on a person' gave rise to a sense 'a person's characteristic disposition' (late 16th century), which led to a sense 'a person's natural ability', and finally 'exceptional natural ability' (mid 17th century).

Words that rhyme with genius

heterogeneous, homogeneous, ingenious
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