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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


[jen-uh-sis] /ˈdʒɛn ə sɪs/
the first book of the Bible, dealing with the Creation and the Patriarchs.
Abbreviation: Gen.
Related forms
[juh-nee-see-ak] /dʒəˈni siˌæk/ (Show IPA),
[jen-uh-sahy-uh-kuh l] /ˌdʒɛn əˈsaɪ ə kəl/ (Show IPA),
Genesitic, adjective


a combining form of genesis:
parthenogenesis. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for genesis
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  • Let us look at the opening chapters of genesis for illustration.

    Understanding the Scriptures Francis McConnell
  • That admirable book is a commentary upon this part of genesis.

    Slavery Ordained of God Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.
  • Briefly, the genesis of "Fruitfulness" lies in the article I have quoted.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • The glory of the genesis story lies in its wonderful power to grow.

    The Meaning of Evolution Samuel Christian Schmucker
  • What is the essential truth of the early chapters of genesis, and what its glory?

    The Meaning of Evolution Samuel Christian Schmucker
British Dictionary definitions for genesis


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


combining form
indicating genesis, development, or generation: biogenesis, parthenogenesis
Derived Forms
-genetic, -genic, combining_form:in_adjective
Word Origin
New Latin, from Latin: genesis
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Word Origin and History for genesis

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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genesis in Medicine

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

-genesis suff.
Origin; production: biogenesis.

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genesis 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.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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