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genius Syllabification: gen·ius
Pronunciation: /ˈjēnyəs/

Definition of genius in English:

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.
Synonyms
brilliance, intelligence, intellect, ability, cleverness, brains, erudition, wisdom, fine mind;
artistry, flair
talent, gift, flair, aptitude, facility, knack, bent, ability, expertise, capacity, faculty;
strength, forte, brilliance, skill, artistry
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.
Synonyms
brilliant person, gifted person, mastermind, Einstein, intellectual, great intellect, brain, mind;
prodigy
informalegghead, 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 geniiˈjēnēˌī) (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.

adjective

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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.

Origin

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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