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genius Explained

genius at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:

['dʒi:njəs]

genius at English irregular forms Of Explained:

(pl) genii

genius at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1390, from L. genius "guardian deity or spirit which watches over each person from birth; spirit, incarnation, wit, talent," from root of gignere "beget, produce" (see kin), from PIE base *gen- "produce." Meaning "person of natural intelligence or talent" first recorded 1649. ///

genius at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [Date: 1300-1400; Language: Latin; Origin: 'spirit who guards a person or place', from gignere; GENITAL]//
1 [U] a very high level of intelligence, mental skill, or ability, which only a few people have: --The film reveals Fellini's genius.// work/writer/man etc of genius // --Wynford was an architect of genius.// a stroke of genius (=a very clever idea) // --At the time, his appointment seemed a stroke of genius.// --a work of pure genius //
2 [C] someone who has an unusually high level of intelligence, mental skill, or ability: --Freud was a genius.// musical/comic/mathematical etc genius // a genius at (doing) sth// --My father was a genius at storytelling.//
3 a genius for (doing) sth: special skill at doing something// --That woman has a genius for organization.// --Warhol's genius for publicity//

genius at Dutch => English Of Explained:

genius

genius at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

Person of extraordinary intellectual power. The genius displays originality, creativity, and the ability to think and work in areas not previously explored. Though geniuses have usually left their unique mark in a particular field, studies have shown that the general intelligence of geniuses is also exceptionally high. Genius appears to be a function of both hereditary and environmental factors. See also gifted child.

In ancient Roman religion, the attendant spirit of a person or place. It originally represented the housefather, who gave continuity to a family or clan over generations; its female counterpart was the housemother, called the juno. In later times, the genius was seen as an individual's guardian spirit or higher self, and it was worshiped by that individual, especially on his birthday. There were also genii of places and of groups such as legions, states, and guilds.

Person of extraordinary intellectual power. The genius displays originality, creativity, and the ability to think and work in areas not previously explored. Though geniuses have usually left their unique mark in a particular field, studies have shown that the general intelligence of geniuses is also exceptionally high. Genius appears to be a function of both hereditary and environmental factors. See also gifted child.

In ancient Roman religion, the attendant spirit of a person or place. It originally represented the housefather, who gave continuity to a family or clan over generations; its female counterpart was the housemother, called the juno. In later times, the genius was seen as an individual's guardian spirit or higher self, and it was worshiped by that individual, especially on his birthday. There were also genii of places and of groups such as legions, states, and guilds.

genius at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

329 Moby Thesaurus words for "genius":
A per se, Baba Yaga, Calliope, Clio, Erato, Euterpe, Geist, Lilith,
Melpomene, Muse, Polyhymnia, Terpsichore, Thalia, ability,
ableness, academician, ace, acuity, acuteness, adept, adequacy,
adroitness, afflatus, afreet, ancestral spirits, angel,
animating spirit, animation, animus, aptitude, aptness,
artistic imagination, astuteness, attendant godling, atua,
barghest, bent, body-build, bookman, boss, brain, braininess,
brains, brand, brightness, brilliance, bump, cacodemon, caliber,
capability, capableness, capacity, cast, champion, character,
characteristic, characteristics, chief, child prodigy, classicist,
clear thinking, clerk, cleverness, colossus of knowledge,
commander, competence, complexion, composition, conception,
constituents, constitution, control, crackerjack, crasis,
creative imagination, creative power, creative thought, creativity,
daemon, daeva, daimonion, dean, demon, devil, dexterity, dharma,
diathesis, disposition, divine afflatus, dower, dowry, dybbuk,
efficacy, efficiency, endowment, enlivenment, equipment,
esemplastic imagination, esemplastic power, esprit, ethos,
evil genius, evil spirit, evil spirits, exhilaration, expert,
facility, faculty, fairy godmother, familiar, familiar spirit,
fiber, fiend, fiend from hell, fire, fire of genius, firing,
first-rater, fitness, flair, forte, frame, fugleman, genie,
genius domus, genius loci, ghoul, giant of learning, gift,
gifted child, gifted person, giftedness, gifts, good angel,
good genius, good hand, grain, grasp, great, guardian,
guardian angel, guardian spirit, guide, gyre, habit, head, hellion,
higher-up, household gods, hue, humanist, humor, humors, ilk,
incubus, infection, infusion, ingenuity, inspiration, instinct,
intellect, intellectual genius, intellectual prodigy, intelligence,
inventiveness, invisible helper, jinni, jinniyeh, keen-wittedness,
keenness, kind, knack, lamia, lares and penates, lares compitales,
lares familiaris, lares permarini, lares praestites, lares viales,
laureate, leader, leading light, learned clerk, learned man,
literary man, litterateur, long suit, lover of learning, luminary,
maestro, magician, mahatma, makeup, makings, man of genius,
man of learning, man of letters, man of parts, manes, master,
master hand, mastermind, mental alertness, mental genius,
mental giant, mercurial mind, metier, mine of information,
ministering angel, mold, moving spirit, muse, mythicization,
mythification, mythopoeia, native cleverness, natural,
natural endowment, natural gift, nature, nimble mind,
nimble-wittedness, nimbleness, nonpareil, nous, numen, originality,
paragon, parts, past master, penates, philologist, philologue,
philomath, philosophe, philosopher, physique, poetic imagination,
polyhistor, polymath, potential, power, powers, practiced hand,
principal, prodigy, proficiency, property, pundit, qualification,
quality, quick parts, quick thinking, quick wit, quick-wittedness,
quickness, rakshasa, ready wit, ruler, sage, satan, savant, savvy,
scholar, scholastic, schoolman, senior, shaping imagination,
sharp-wittedness, sharpness, shedu, skilled hand, smartness,
smarts, somatotype, sort, soul, special providence, speciality,
specter, spirit, sprightly wit, stamp, star, streak, stripe,
strong flair, strong point, student, succubus, suchness,
sufficiency, superior, superman, supernatural being, superstar,
susceptibility, system, talent, talents, temper, temperament,
tendency, tenor, the goods, the greatest, the most, the stuff,
the undead, tone, top dog, topnotcher, totem, turn, tutelar god,
tutelary, type, understanding, vampire, vein, virtuoso,
walking encyclopedia, way, what it takes, whiz, wit, wizard,
wonder, yogini

genius at Dutch => English Of Explained:

genius [xenijɵs]
genius
guardianangel

genius at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[N] (Intellect): intellect, mind, understanding, reason, rationality, cognitive faculties, senses, consciousness, observation, percipience, intelligence, judgment, wits, genius, brains, cognitive powers, intellectual powers.

[N] (Wise man): sage, wise man, genius, master mind, thinker, intellectual, authority, oracle, luminary, expert, wizard.

genius at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

noun (plural geniuses)
1 [U] unusually great intelligence, skill or artistic ability:
the genius of Shakespeare * a statesman of genius * Her idea was a stroke of genius.
2 [C] a person who is unusually intelligent or artistic, or who has a very high level of skill, especially in one area:
a mathematical / comic genius * He's a genius at organizing people. * You don't have to be a genius to see that they are in love!
3 [sing.] ~ for sth / for doing sth a special skill or ability:
He had a genius for making people feel at home.
IDIOMS
sb's good / evil genius (especially BrE) a person or spirit who is thought to have a good/bad influence over you

Genius at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Genius \Gen"ius\, n.; pl. E. {Geniuses}; in sense 1, L. {Genii}.
[L. genius, prop., the superior or divine nature which is
innate in everything, the spirit, the tutelar deity or genius
of a person or place, taste, talent, genius, from genere,
gignere, to beget, bring forth. See {Gender}, and cf.
{Engine}.]
1. A good or evil spirit, or demon, supposed by the ancients
to preside over a man's destiny in life; a tutelary deity;
a supernatural being; a spirit, good or bad. Cf. {Jinnee}.

The unseen genius of the wood. --Milton.

We talk of genius still, but with thought how
changed! The genius of Augustus was a tutelary
demon, to be sworn by and to receive offerings on an
altar as a deity. --Tylor.

2. The peculiar structure of mind with whoch each individual
is endowed by nature; that disposition or aptitude of mind
which is peculiar to each man, and which qualifies him for
certain kinds of action or special success in any pursuit;
special taste, inclination, or disposition; as, a genius
for history, for poetry, or painting.

3. Peculiar character; animating spirit, as of a nation, a
religion, a language.

4. Distinguished mental superiority; uncommon intellectual
power; especially, superior power of invention or
origination of any kind, or of forming new combinations;
as, a man of genius.

Genius of the highest kind implies an unusual
intensity of the modifyng power. --Coleridge.

5. A man endowed with uncommon vigor of mind; a man of
superior intellectual faculties; as, Shakespeare was a
rare genius.

Syn: {Genius}, {Talent}.

Usage: Genius implies high and peculiar gifts of nature,
impelling the mind to certain favorite kinds of mental
effort, and producing new combinations of ideas,
imagery, etc. Talent supposes general strength of
intellect, with a peculiar aptitude for being molded
and directed to specific employments and valuable ends
and purposes. Genius is connected more or less with
the exercise of imagination, and reaches its ends by a
kind of intuitive power. Talent depends more on high
mental training, and a perfect command of all the
faculties, memory, judgment, sagacity, etc. Hence we
speak of a genius for poetry, painting. etc., and a
talent for business or diplomacy. Among English
orators, Lord Chatham was distinguished for his
genius; William Pitt for his pre["e]minent talents,
and especially his unrivaled talent for debate.

genius at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

genius
n 1: someone who has exceptional intellectual ability and
originality; "Mozart was a child genius"; "he's smart
but he's no Einstein" [syn: {mastermind}, {brain}, {Einstein}]
2: unusual mental ability [syn: {brilliance}]
3: someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field [syn: {ace},
{adept}, {champion}, {sensation}, {maven}, {mavin}, {virtuoso},
{hotshot}, {star}, {superstar}, {whiz}, {whizz}, {wizard},
{wiz}]
4: exceptional creative ability [syn: {wizardry}]
5: a natural talent; "he has a flair for mathematics"; "he has
a genius for interior decorating" [syn: {flair}]
[also: {genii} (pl)]

genius at English (WD) Of Explained:

Inter: also » génius|Genius

English

Inter: wikipedi » a

Etymology

From Inter: etyl » la Inter: term » genius|lang=la||the guardian spirit of a person, spirit, inclination, wit, genius, literally 'inborn nature', from Inter: term » gignere||to beget, produce, Inter: etyl » OL. Inter: term » genere, the root Inter: term » gen|lang=la; see genus.

Pronunciation

* Inter: audio » en-us-genius.ogg|Audio (US)
  • : Inter: rhymes » iːniəs

    Noun

    Inter: en-noun » head=genius|plural: genii (formal, classical Roman mythology) or geniuses (colloquial)

  • Someone possessing extraordinary intelligence or skill; especially somebody who has demonstrated this by a creative or original work in science, music, art etc.
    1. Extraordinary mental capacity.
    2. inspiration, a mental leap, an extraordinary creative process.
    3. : A work of genius
    4. Inter: Roman mytholog » y The guardian spirit of a place or person.
    5. A way of thinking, optimizing one's capacity for learning and understanding.

      Synonyms

      * See also Category: Wikisaurus:genius -

      Antonyms

      * idiot

      Related terms

      * engine

  • engineer
  • genie
  • ingenious
  • ingeniosity

    Translations

    Inter: trans-top » someone possessing extraordinary intelligence or skill
  • Armenian: Inter: t- » hy|հանճար|tr=hanč̣ar|sc=Armn
  • Azeri: Inter: t- » az|dahi
  • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|гений|m|tr=génij|sc=Cyrl
  • Catalan: Inter: t+ » ca|geni|m
  • Chinese:
  • : Mandarin: Inter: t+ » cmn|人才|tr=réncái|sc=Hani
  • Czech: Inter: t+ » cs|génius|m
  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|genie|n
  • Estonian: Inter: t- » et|geenius
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|nero
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|génie|m
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|Genie|n
  • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|μεγαλοφυία|f|tr=megalofyía|sc=Grek, Inter: t+ » el|ιδιοφυία|f|tr=idiofyía|sc=Grek
  • Hungarian: Inter: t- » hu|géniusz, Inter: t+ » hu|zseni, Inter: t+ » hu|lángész, Inter: t- » hu|lángelme

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Japanese: Inter: t+ » ja|天才|tr=てんさい, tensai|sc=Jpan
    • Korean: Inter: t+ » ko|천재|tr=cheonjae|sc=Kore (Inter: t+ » ko|天才|sc=Kore)
    • Kurdish:
    • : Sorani: Inter: t- » ku|بلیمه‌ت|sc=ku-Arab
    • Macedonian: Inter: t- » mk|гениј|m|tr=génij, Inter: t- » mk|генијалец|m|tr=genijálec
    • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|geniusz|m
    • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|gênio|m, Inter: t- » pt|gênia|f
    • Romanian: Inter: t- » ro|geniu|n
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|гений|m|tr=génij
    • Slovene: Inter: t+ » sl|genij|m
    • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|genio|m, Inter: t- » es|genia|f
    • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|geni|n
    • Tagalog: Inter: t- » tl|henyo
    • Vietnamese: Inter: t- » vi|bậc anh tài


    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » extraordinary mental capacity
    • Armenian: Inter: t- » hy|հանճար|tr=hanč̣ar|sc=Armn
    • Catalan: Inter: t+ » ca|geni|m
    • Chinese:
    • : Mandarin: Inter: t+ » cmn|天才|tr=tiāncái|sc=Hani
    • Danish: Inter: t- » da|geni
    • Dutch: Inter: t- » nl|genialiteit|f
    • Estonian: Inter: t- » et|geniaalsus
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|nerokkuus
    • German: Inter: t- » de|Genialität|f
    • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|μεγαλοφυία|f|tr=megalofyía|sc=Grek


    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Hungarian: Inter: t- » hu|zsenialitás
  • Irish: Inter: t- » ga|ardéirim|f
  • Macedonian: Inter: t- » mk|генијалност|f|tr=genijálnost, Inter: t- » mk|гениј|m|tr=génij
  • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|geniusz
  • Romanian: Inter: t- » ro|genialitate|f
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|гениальность|f|tr=geniálʹnostʹ, Inter: t+ » ru|одарённость|f|tr=odarjónnostʹ
  • Slovene: Inter: t- » sl|genialnost|f
  • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|genio|m
  • Vietnamese: Inter: t+ » vi|thiên tài (Inter: t- » vi|天才)

  • Inter: trans-botto » m

    External links

    * Inter: R:Webster 191 » 3
    • Inter: R:Century 191 » 1


    Category: Category:English nouns with irregular plurals -

    Latin

    Etymology

    Inter: suffix » gens|gloss1=household, clan, tribe|ius|lang=la
    Inter: etystub » not Lewis and Short version; sources?

    Noun

    Inter: la-noun » genius|genii|geniī|m|second
  • household guardian spirit

    Inflection

    Inter: la-decl-2nd » geni

  • Translation: et » genius
    Translation: el » genius
    Translation: es » genius
    Translation: fa » genius
    Translation: fr » genius
    Translation: ko » genius
    Translation: io » genius
    Translation: id » genius
    Translation: it » genius
    Translation: kn » genius
    Translation: ku » genius
    Translation: li » genius
    Translation: hu » genius
    Translation: ml » genius
    Translation: my » genius
    Translation: fj » genius
    Translation: ja » genius
    Translation: pl » genius
    Translation: ro » genius
    Translation: ru » genius
    Translation: fi » genius
    Translation: ta » genius
    Translation: te » genius
    Translation: vi » genius
    Translation: zh » genius

    génius at English (WD) Of Explained:

    Inter: also » genius|Genius

    Czech

    Pronunciation

    * Category: w - :IPA_chart_for_English|IPA: /gɛːnɪjʊs/

    Noun

    Inter: cs-noun » g=m
  • genius Inter: gloss » person

    Related terms

    * geniální

  • Translation: cs » génius
    Translation: fr » génius
    Translation: ko » génius
    Translation: it » génius
    Translation: pl » génius
    Translation: ru » génius
    Translation: fi » génius