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
Definition for genius (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for genius
Bonauto, now an official MacArthur genius, is rightly known as the Thurgood Marshall of the marriage movement.The Real Story Behind the Fight for Marriage Equality|E.J. Graff|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In that case the device was to put the genius in opposition to a majority of established cultural tastes and codes.
One of the stories, “On the Hill,” was deemed “a work of genius.”The Best Fiction of 2014: Ford, Ferrante, Klay, and More|William O’Connor|December 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Whoever invented the bed was a genius,” Kalman writes in My Favorite Things.
Jazz is now entrenched in high schools and colleges, and gets honored with Pulitzer Prizes and genius grants.
Genius is to other gifts what the carbuncle is to the precious stones.
He had in the highest degree what is called in human nature "genius," and in dogs and horses "instinct."The Maid of Sker|Richard Doddridge Blackmore
The star of his genius mounted, without a cloud to obscure it, in the firmament of the Church.The Lives of the Saints, Volume III (of 16): March|Sabine Baring-Gould
It describes the methods which genius has half-instinctively, half-thoughtfully followed.
An actress of genius, she knew how to keep her head, but she surrendered her whole heart, her whole soul.Later Queens of the French Stage|H. Noel Williams
British Dictionary definitions for genius (1 of 2)
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
British Dictionary definitions for genius (2 of 2)
Word Origin for genius loci
Word Origin and History for 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.