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.


  1. Genius

    A genius is a person who displays exceptional intellectual ability, creative productivity, universality in genres, or originality, typically to a degree that is associated with the achievement of new discoveries or advances in a domain of knowledge. Geniuses may be polymaths who excel across many diverse subjects or may show high achievements in only a single kind of activity.There is no scientifically precise definition of a genius. The term is also defined as the exceptional ability itself, as simply genius without the article. In that sense of the word, sometimes genius is associated with talent, but several authors such as Cesare Lombroso and Arthur Schopenhauer systematically distinguish these terms. Walter Isaacson, biographer of many well-known geniuses, explains that although high intelligence may be a prerequisite, the most common trait that actually defines a genius may be the extraordinary ability to apply creativity and imaginative thinking to almost any situation.

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. 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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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. Edward George Bulwer-Lytton:

    Talent does what it can genius does what it must.

  2. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    The clever cannot catch the genius; such an attempt is just an act of trying to catch the shadow of a flying bird!

  3. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam that flashes across his mind from within, more than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages. Yet he dismisses without notice his own thought, because it is his. In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts they come back to us with a sort of alienated majesty.

  4. Arthur Schopenhauer:

    Talent hits a target no one else can hit Genius hits a target no one else can see.

  5. Thomas Alva Edison:

    Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.

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