noun, plural gen·ius·es for 2, 3, 8, gen·i·i [jee-nee-ahy] /ˈdʒi niˌaɪ/ for 6, 7, 9, 10.
Origin of genius
Related Words for geniiacumen, knack, prowess, ability, ingenuity, intelligence, accomplishment, brilliance, wisdom, originality, imagination, aptitude, talent, prodigy, inspiration, inventiveness, flair, bent, brain, aptness
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Contemporary Examples of genii
Genii protect individuals and places: springs, hills, cities, and army barracks all had a genius loci, a genius of the place.
But the Romans simply transferred many of the functions of genii to angels.
Historical Examples of genii
The genii of the East have woven this banner from the rays of benignant stars.Leila, Complete
Genii know all that men know, and many other things besides, chevalier.The Conspirators
Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
They thought the genii was King Hagag and they halted before him.
The genii on the throne and Hagag looked long at each other.
The genii of the Arabian Nights may have in their magic their lure and fascination for us.Creative Unity
noun plural -uses or for senses 5, 6 genii (ˈdʒiːnɪˌaɪ)
- the guiding spirit who attends a person from birth to death
- the guardian spirit of a place, group of people, or institution
Word Origin for genius
Latinate plural of 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.