Lexical Investigations: Genius
When did people shift from having a genius to being a genius? Starting in the 14th century, a genius denoted a guardian spirit, and someone with extraordinary talent was said to have a genius, because his or her gift was thought to be the result of some supernatural help. For example, in a treatise on epic poetry from 1695, the author offers, “That Milton had …
descriptive, elucidative, exegetic, explanative, explicative, expository, hermeneutic, hermeneutical, illustrative, informative, instructive, interpretative, interpretive, annotative, clarifying, exegetical, explicatory, informing
Also ex·pos·i·tive [ik-spoz-i-tiv] /ɪkˈspɒz ɪ tɪv/.
Origin of expository
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of, involving, or assisting in exposition; explanatory
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1620s, from Medieval Latin expositorius, from expositus, past participle of exponere (see expound). Earlier in English as a noun meaning "an expository treatise, commentary" (early 15c.).
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