What does Genius mean?

Definitions for Genius
ˈdʒin yəs; ˈdʒi niˌaɪge·nius

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. genius, mastermind, brain, brainiac, Einsteinnoun

    someone who has exceptional intellectual ability and originality

    "Mozart was a child genius"; "he's smart but he's no Einstein"

  2. brilliance, geniusnoun

    unusual mental ability

  3. ace, adept, champion, sensation, maven, mavin, virtuoso, genius, hotshot, star, superstar, whiz, whizz, wizard, wiznoun

    someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field

  4. genius, wizardrynoun

    exceptional creative ability

  5. flair, geniusnoun

    a natural talent

    "he has a flair for mathematics"; "he has a genius for interior decorating"


  1. geniusnoun

    Someone possessing extraordinary intelligence or skill; especially somebody who has demonstrated this by a creative or original work in science, music, art etc.

  2. geniusnoun

    Extraordinary mental capacity.

  3. geniusnoun

    inspiration, a mental leap, an extraordinary creative process.

    A work of genius

  4. geniusnoun

    The guardian spirit of a place or person.

  5. geniusnoun

    A way of thinking, optimizing one's capacity for learning and understanding.

  6. Etymology: From genius, from gignere, genere, the root gen; see genus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. GENIUSnoun

    Etymology: Latin; genie, French.

    There is none but he
    Whose being I do fear: and, under him,
    My genius is rebuk’d; as it is said
    Antony’s was by Cæsar. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    The genius and the mortal instruments
    Are then in council; and the state of man,
    Like to a little kingdom, suffers then. William Shakespeare, Jul. Cæsar.

    And as I awake, sweet musick breathe,
    Sent by some spirit to mortals good,
    Or th’ unseen genius of the wood. John Milton.

    And the tame demon that should guard my throne,
    Shrinks at a genius greater than his own. Dryden.

    To your glad genius sacrifice this day;
    Let common meats respectfully give way. Dryden.

    There is no little writer of Pindarick who is not mentioned as a prodigious genius. Addison.

    The state and order does proclaim
    The genius of that royal dame. Edmund Waller.

    A happy genius is the gift of nature. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    Your majesty’s sagacity, and happy genius for natural history, is a better preparation for enquiries of this kind than all the dead learning of the schools. Thomas Burnet, Theory, Preface.

    One science only will one genius fit;
    So vast is art, so narrow human wit. Alexander Pope, on Criticism.

    The Romans, though they had no great genius for trade, yet were not entirely neglectful of it. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.

    Studious to please the genius of the times,
    With periods, points and tropes he slurs his crimes. Dryd.

    Another genius and disposition improper for philosophical contemplations is not so much from the narrowness of their spirit and understanding, as because they will not take time to extend them. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth, Preface.

    He tames the genius of the stubborn plain. Alexander Pope.


  1. Genius

    Genius is a song by British industrial metal band Pitchshifter, released in 1997, from their album www.pitchshifter.com. It is usually considered one of the key songs that helped the band be successful, and is one of their most recognized songs.


  1. genius

    Genius is often defined as exceptional intellectual or creative ability, characterized by outstanding talent, originality, innovation, and extraordinary problem-solving skills. It is the capacity to excel in various fields, typically beyond what is considered normal or average, often resulting in significant contributions to humanity or society.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Geniusnoun

    a good or evil spirit, or demon, supposed by the ancients to preside over a man's destiny in life; a tutelary deity; a supernatural being; a spirit, good or bad. Cf. Jinnee

  2. Geniusnoun

    the peculiar structure of mind with whoch each individual is endowed by nature; that disposition or aptitude of mind which is peculiar to each man, and which qualifies him for certain kinds of action or special success in any pursuit; special taste, inclination, or disposition; as, a genius for history, for poetry, or painting

  3. Geniusnoun

    peculiar character; animating spirit, as of a nation, a religion, a language

  4. Geniusnoun

    distinguished mental superiority; uncommon intellectual power; especially, superior power of invention or origination of any kind, or of forming new combinations; as, a man of genius

  5. Geniusnoun

    a man endowed with uncommon vigor of mind; a man of superior intellectual faculties; as, Shakespeare was a rare genius


  1. Genius

    A genius is a person who displays exceptional intellectual ability, creativity, or originality, typically to a degree that is associated with the achievement of unprecedented insight. There is no scientifically precise definition of genius, and the question of whether the notion itself has any real meaning has long been a subject of debate. The term is used in various ways: to refer to a particular aspect of an individual, or the individual in his or her entirety; to a scholar in many subjects or a scholar in a single subject. Research into what causes genius and mastery is still in its early stages, and psychology offers relevant insights.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Genius

    jēn′yus, or jē′ni-us, n. the special inborn faculty of any individual: special taste or disposition qualifying for a particular employment: a man having such power of mind: a good or evil spirit, supposed by the ancients to preside over every person, place, and thing, and esp. to preside over a man's destiny from his birth: prevailing spirit or tendency: type or generic exemplification—(obs.) Gēn′io:—pl. Geniuses (jēn′yus-ez).Genius loci (L.), the presiding divinity of a place:—pl. Genii (jē′ni-ī). [L. geniusgignĕre, genitum, to beget.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. genius

    1. One who offends his time, his country and his relatives; hence, any person whose birthday is celebrated throughout the world about one hundred years after he has been crucified, burned, ostracized or otherwise put to death. 2. One who stands at both ends of a perspective; simultaneity of sight; to be one's self plus; to be synonym and antonym to everything. 3. The ability to act wisely without precedent--the power to do the right thing for the first time. 4. A capacity for evading hard work.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. genius

    In a military sense, natural talent or disposition to every kind of warlike employment, more than any other; or, the aptitude a man has received from nature to perform well and easily that which others can do but indifferently and with a great deal of pains.

Editors Contribution

  1. geniusnoun

    Knowledgeable intuition practice's of mastery in life and education. 1.) Exceptional intellectual or creative power or other natural ability. 2.) The brain of a Genie.

    I am a genius about knowing who I am.

    Etymology: Self made master

    Submitted by Tony_Elyon on February 25, 2024  

  2. genius

    The ability and creative intelligence of a human being or animal.

    Within every human being and animal is a genius on a path to having their potential unlocked and developed with patience, dignity and nurturing.

    Submitted by MaryC on September 8, 2016  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Genius is ranked #142108 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Genius surname appeared 117 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Genius.

    51.2% or 60 total occurrences were Black.
    40.1% or 47 total occurrences were White.
    4.2% or 5 total occurrences were of two or more races.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Genius' in Nouns Frequency: #2766

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Genius in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Genius in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Genius in a Sentence

  1. Dr. Jose P. Rizal:

    Genius has no country. It blossoms everywhere. Genius is like the light, the air. It is the heritage of all!

  2. Hoshang N. Akhtar:

    An intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction

  3. Calvin Coolidge:

    Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

  4. Allen Ginsberg:

    My own experience is that a certain kind of genius among students is best brought out in bed.

  5. Jay Grudentold:

    I could do it every time, he’s only right like 30 % of the time. Those are usually pretty obvious, I mean. Nobody talks about the times when he’s wrong, but when he’s right, ‘ Holy cow, he’s a genius. ’ Oh, come on, man. Sure, it’s a run. Nope, it’s a pass. Sorry, I was wrong.

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