genius

[jeen-yuh s]

noun, plural gen·ius·es for 2, 3, 8, gen·i·i [jee-nee-ahy] /ˈdʒi niˌaɪ/ for 6, 7, 9, 10.


Nearby words

  1. genitor,
  2. genitourinary,
  3. genitourinary medicine,
  4. genitourinary system,
  5. geniture,
  6. genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration,
  7. genius loci,
  8. genizah,
  9. genk,
  10. genl

Origin of genius

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin: tutelary deity or genius of a person; cf. genus

Can be confusedgenius genus

genius loci

[gen-i-oo s loh-kee; English jee-nee-uh s loh-sahy, -kahy]

noun Latin.

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.
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British Dictionary definitions for genius

genius

noun plural -uses or for senses 5, 6 genii (ˈdʒiːnɪˌaɪ)

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
  1. the guiding spirit who attends a person from birth to death
  2. the guardian spirit of a place, group of people, or institution
Arabian myth (usually plural) a demon; jinn

Word Origin for genius

C16: from Latin, from gignere to beget

genius loci

noun

the guardian spirit of a place
the special atmosphere of a particular place

Word Origin for genius loci

genius of the place

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Word Origin and History for genius

genius

n.

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.

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