genius

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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.

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genius (not comparable)

  1. (informal) ingenious, very clever, or original.
    What a genius idea!

Noun[edit]

genius (plural geniuses or genii)

  1. (eulogistic) Someone possessing extraordinary intelligence or skill; especially somebody who has demonstrated this by a creative or original work in science, music, art etc.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 1, The Celebrity:
      In the old days, to my commonplace and unobserving mind, he gave no evidences of genius whatsoever. He never read me any of his manuscripts, […], and therefore my lack of detection of his promise may in some degree be pardoned.
  2. Extraordinary mental capacity.
  3. Inspiration, a mental leap, an extraordinary creative process.
    a work of genius
  4. (Roman mythology) The guardian spirit of a place or person.
  5. A way of thinking, optimizing one's capacity for learning and understanding.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From gens (household, clan, tribe) +‎ -ius

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Noun[edit]

genius m (genitive geniī); second declension

  1. the deity or guardian spirit of a person, place, etc.
  2. (with respect to the enjoyment of life) the spirit of social enjoyment, fondness for good living, taste, appetite, inclinations
  3. (of the intellect) wit, talents, genius (rare)

Inflection[edit]

Second declension, nominative singular in -ius.

Number Singular Plural
nominative genius geniī
genitive geniī1,
genī
geniōrum
dative geniō geniīs
accusative genium geniōs
ablative geniō geniīs
vocative genī geniī

1In later Latin.