- an exceptional natural capacity of intellect, especially as shown in creative and original work in science, art, music, etc.: the genius of Mozart.
- a person having such capacity.
- a person having an extraordinarily high intelligence rating on a psychological test, as an IQ above 140.
- natural ability or capacity; strong inclination: a special genius for leadership.
- distinctive character or spirit, as of a nation, period, or language.
- the guardian spirit of a place, institution, etc.
- either of two mutually opposed spirits, one good and the other evil, supposed to attend a person throughout life.
- a person who strongly influences for good or ill the character, conduct, or destiny of a person, place, or thing: Rasputin, the evil genius of Russian politics.
- Islamic Mythology. jinn; genie.
- genie(def 3).
Origin of genius
- the guardian spirit of a place.
- the distinctive character or atmosphere of a place with reference to the impression that it makes on the mind.
Examples from the Web for genius
Bonauto, now an official MacArthur genius, is rightly known as the Thurgood Marshall of the marriage movement.The Real Story Behind the Fight for Marriage Equality
December 30, 2014
In that case the device was to put the genius in opposition to a majority of established cultural tastes and codes.Why Can’t Movies Capture Genius?
December 14, 2014
One of the stories, “On the Hill,” was deemed “a work of genius.”The Best Fiction of 2014: Ford, Ferrante, Klay, and More
December 7, 2014
“Whoever invented the bed was a genius,” Kalman writes in My Favorite Things.The Singular Artist of New Yorkistan
November 14, 2014
Jazz is now entrenched in high schools and colleges, and gets honored with Pulitzer Prizes and genius grants.What’s With This Uncool Surge in Jazz Bashing?
November 2, 2014
We do not know which genius first discovered the use of pottery but he deserves a statue.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
Much, nay most, of this was undoubtedly owing to the genius of the songstress.
I do not say she reasoned thus, but her genius reasoned thus for her.Weighed and Wanting
I am willing to confess that my poor black Dirk was a bit of a genius.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
"Genius is certainly modest," he said, with a laugh that was not nice to hear.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
- a person with exceptional ability, esp of a highly original kind
- such ability or capacityMozart's musical genius
- the distinctive spirit or creative nature of a nation, era, language, etc
- a person considered as exerting great influence of a certain sortan evil genius
- Roman myth
- the guiding spirit who attends a person from birth to death
- the guardian spirit of a place, group of people, or institution
- Arabian myth (usually plural) a demon; jinn
- the guardian spirit of a place
- the special atmosphere of a particular place
Word Origin and History for genius
late 14c., "tutelary god (classical or pagan)," from Latin genius "guardian deity or spirit which watches over each person from birth; spirit, incarnation, wit, talent;" also "prophetic skill," originally "generative power," from root of gignere "beget, produce" (see kin), from PIE root *gen- "produce." Sense of "characteristic disposition" is from 1580s. Meaning "person of natural intelligence or talent" and that of "natural ability" are first recorded 1640s.