English [ edit ]
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Etymology [ edit ]
Middle French , from ingénieux Old French , from engenious Latin ingeniōsus ( “ endowed with good natural capacity, gifted with genius ” ), from ingenium ( “ innate or natural quality, natural capacity, genius ” ), from in- ( “ in ” ) + gignere ( “ to produce ” ), Old Latin . See also genere .
Pronunciation [ edit ]
IPA (: key) /ɪnˈdʒiːnjəs/, /ɪnˈdʒiːniəs/
-iːniəs Hyphenation: in‧ge‧nious
Adjective [ edit ]
ingenious ( comparative , more ingenious superlative )
( of a person ) Displaying genius or brilliance; inventive.
This fellow is ingenious; he fixed a problem I didn't even know I had.
( of a thing ) Characterized by genius; cleverly done or contrived.
That is an ingenious model of the atom. Witty; showing originality or sagacity
1834, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Francesca Carrara, volume 1, page 147: I have scarcely recovered the surprise of the ingenious question, before I meet another surprise in the still more ingenious answer
Synonyms: , shrewd , adroit , keen sagacious He sent me an ingenious reply to an email.
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Translations [ edit ]
displaying genius or brilliance; tending to invent
characterized by genius; cleverly done or contrived
witty; original; shrewd; adroit; keen; sagacious
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