Origin of ingenuity
Examples from the Web for ingenuity
The public cheered Holmes when she broke away from Cruise with a similar element of challenge and ingenuity.How Can Katie Holmes Escape Tom Cruise—and ‘Dawson’s Creek’?
October 30, 2014
Seven Elements That Changed The World: An Adventure of Ingenuity and Discovery is published by Pegasus Books/W.BP, Putin, and the Power of Oil
March 9, 2014
The legal gymnastics necessary to create such impenetrable networks is a testament to the ingenuity of well-paid attorneys.Consultants Are Cashing In On Campaigns’ Dark New Economics
February 22, 2014
Again, there was a big step forward in ingenuity and, again, there was a big step back in guts.What It Was Like to Watch the Beatles Become the Beatles—Nik Cohn Remembers
February 9, 2014
We hide behind science, in other words, and then pat ourselves on the back for our ingenuity.What Happens to the Death Penalty When Lethal Injection Isn’t Quick and Painless?
January 21, 2014
It was evident that he was well pleased with his own ingenuity.Within the Law
It does not consist of ingenuity limited, but merely of inanity expanded.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
Some of the work they produce is wonderful for its beauty and ingenuity.
It was the delivery of those at the apartment that taxed her ingenuity.The Film of Fear
But a friend is a sane man who exercises not my ingenuity, but me.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
- inventive talent; cleverness
- an ingenious device, act, etc
- archaic frankness; candour
Word Origin and History for ingenuity
1590s, "honor, nobility," from Middle French ingénuité and directly from Latin ingenuitatem (nominative ingenuitas) "condition of a free-born man," figuratively "generosity, noble-mindedness," from ingenuus (see ingenuous). Etymologically, this word belongs to ingenuous, but in 17c. ingenious and ingenuous so often were confused (even by Shakespeare) that ingenuity has acquired the meaning "capacity for invention or construction" (first attested 1640s).