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.

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

  2. geniusnoun

    Extraordinary mental capacity.

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

  3. geniusnoun

    inspiration, a mental leap, an extraordinary creative process.

    A work of genius

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

  4. geniusnoun

    The guardian spirit of a place or person.

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

  5. geniusnoun

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

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

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. Denis Diderot:

    Genius is present in every age, but the men carrying it within them remain benumbed unless extraordinary events occur to heat up and melt the mass so that it flows forth.

  2. Alexander Hamilton:

    Men give me credit for some genius. All the genius I have is this. When I have a subject in mind. I study it profoundly. Day and night it is before me. My mind becomes pervaded with it... the effort which I have made is what people are pleased to call the fruit of genius. It is the fruit of labor and thought.

  3. Henry Ward Beecher:

    Genius unexerted is no more genius than a bushel of acorns is a forest of oaks.

  4. Nicki Ley:

    If coffee was a person, she would be a genius.

  5. Gamel Abdel Nasser:

    The genius of you Americans is that you never make clear-cut stupid moves, only complicated stupid moves, which leave us to wonder at the possibility that there may be something to them that we are missing.

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