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[jen-uh-sis] /ˈdʒɛn ə sɪs/
noun, plural geneses
[jen-uh-seez] /ˈdʒɛn əˌsiz/ (Show IPA)
an origin, creation, or beginning.
Origin of genesis
1595-1605; < Latin: generation, birth < Greek génesis origin, source
Related forms
hypergenesis, noun Unabridged
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  • The majority of men content themselves with the grain of rice sown in the first chapter of all the geneses.

    Seraphita Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for geneses


noun (pl) -ses (-ˌsiːz)
a beginning or origin of anything
Word Origin
Old English: via Latin from Greek; related to Greek gignesthai to be born


the first book of the Old Testament recounting the events from the Creation of the world to the sojourning of the Israelites in Egypt
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Word Origin and History for geneses



Old English Genesis, first book of the Pentateuch, from Latin genesis, adopted as title of first book of Old Testament in Vulgate, from Greek genesis "origin, creation, generation," from gignesthai "to be born," related to genos "race, birth, descent" (see genus). As such, it translated Hebrew bereshith, literally "in the beginning," which was the first word of the text, taken as its title. Extended sense of "origin, creation" first recorded in English c.1600.

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geneses in Medicine

genesis gen·e·sis (jěn'ĭ-sĭs)
n. pl. gen·e·ses (-sēz')
The coming into being of something; the origin.

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geneses in Culture

Genesis definition

The first book of the Old Testament; its first words are “In the beginning” (genesis is a Greek word for “beginning”). It covers the time from the beginning of the world through the days of the patriarchs, including the stories of the Creation, Adam and Eve, the Fall of Man, Cain and Abel, Noah and the Flood, God's covenant with Abraham, Abraham and Isaac, Jacob and Esau, and Joseph and his brothers.

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