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alieni generis

[ah-li-ey-nee ge-ne-ris; English ey-lahy-ee-nahy jen-er-is, ey-lee-]
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adjective Latin.
  1. of another kind.

amicus humani generis

[ah-mee-koo s hoo-mah-nee ge-ne-ris; English uh-mahy-kuh s hyoo-mey-nahy jen-uh-ris, uh-mee-kuh s hyoo-mey-nee]
noun Latin.
  1. a philanthropist.

Origin of amicus humani generis

literally, friend of the human race

sui generis

[soo-i ge-ne-ris; English soo-ahy jen-er-is, soo-ee]
adjective Latin.
  1. of his, her, its, or their own kind; unique.
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Examples from the Web for generis

Historical Examples

  • In Lewisham Churchyard is one of the death's head series almost sui generis.

    In Search Of Gravestones Old And Curious

    W.T. (William Thomas) Vincent

  • An inscription at the foot of the pedestal says, Humani generis auspicia.

  • His wife was, at that time, generis communis, and procured him friends at court.

British Dictionary definitions for generis

sui generis

  1. unique

Word Origin

Latin, literally: of its own kind
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Word Origin and History for generis

sui generis

1787, Latin, literally "of one's own kind, peculiar." First element from sui, genitive of suus "his, her, its, one's," from Old Latin sovos, from PIE root *swe-, pronoun of the third person (see idiom).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

generis in Culture

sui generis

[(sooh-ee, sooh-eye jen-uh-ris)]

A person or thing that is unique, in a class by itself: “She is an original artist; each of her paintings is sui generis.” From Latin, meaning “of its own kind.”

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