- a plural of genius.
- 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
Related Wordsacumen, knack, prowess, ability, ingenuity, intelligence, accomplishment, brilliance, wisdom, originality, imagination, aptitude, talent, prodigy, inspiration, inventiveness, flair, bent, brain, aptness
Examples from the Web for 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.
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
- 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
Word Origin and History for genii
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.