Definition of 'genius'


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

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

3. Roman mythology The guardian spirit of a place or person.

4. Extraordinary mental capacity.

5. inspiration, a mental leap, an extraordinary creative process.

6. A person who has an exceptionally high intelligence quotient, typically above 140.

7. A person of extraordinary intellect and talent.

8. A strong natural talent, aptitude, or inclination.

9. One who has such a talent or inclination.

10. The prevailing spirit or distinctive character, as of a place, a person, or an era.

11. Extraordinary intellectual and creative power.

12. Roman Mythology A tutelary deity or guardian spirit of a person or place.

13. 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.

14. The peculiar structure of mind with which 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.

15. Peculiar character; animating spirit, as of a nation, a religion, a language.

16. A man endowed with uncommon vigor of mind; a man of superior intellectual faculties and creativity.

17. Distinguished mental superiority; uncommon intellectual power; especially, superior power of invention or origination of any kind, or of forming new combinations.

18. the genius or presiding divinity of a place; hence, the pervading spirit of a place or institution, as of a college, etc.

19. a natural talent

20. unusual mental ability

21. A person having such mental power; a person of general or special intellectual faculties developed in a phenomenal degree.

22. A disembodied spirit regarded as affecting human beings in certain ways, but not as connected with any one individually.

23. Exalted mental power distinguished by instinctive aptitude, and independent of tuition; phenomenal capability, derived from inspiration or exaltation, for intellectual creation or expression; that constitution of mind or perfection of faculties which enables a person to excel others in mental perception, comprehension, discrimination, and expression, especially in literature, art, and science.

24. The ruling or predominant spirit of a place, person, or thing; the power, principle, or influence that determines character, conduct, or destiny (supposed by the ancients to be a tutelar divinity, a good spirit, or an evil demon, usually striving with an opposing spirit for the mastery); that which controls, guides, or aids: as, my good genius came to the rescue; his evil genius enticed him.

25. Prevailing spirit or inclination; distinguishing proclivity, bent, or tendency, as of a person, place, time, institution, etc.; special aptitude or intellectual quality; intrinsic characteristic or qualification: as, a genius for poetry, or for diplomacy; the genius of Christianity, of the Elizabethan period, of the American Constitution, of the Vatican.

26. A type or symbol; a concrete representative, as of an influence or a characteristic; a generic exemplification.


1. It didn't take a genius to figure out that something wasn't right.

2. He'd be pleased to see Guthrie, he was even more pleased that the unknown genius sounded willing to talk turkey.

3. The Kaisho wanted him to continue the evolution of the Colonel's `stroke of genius ".

4. Shakespeare's genius would manifest itself in the superior effect with which he used knowledge acquired in this manner; but his _genius_ would not have led him to choose the dry and affected phraseology of the law as the vehicle of his flowing thought, and to use it so much oftener than any other of the numerous dramatists of his time, to all of whom the courts were as open as to him.

5. On me, a mere prosperous tradesman, and busy politician and man of the world, devolves the delicate and responsible task of being the first to write the life of the greatest literary genius this century has produced, _and of revealing the strange secret of that genius_, which has lighted up the darkness of these latter times as with a pillar of fire by night.

6. Much laborious discussion has been wasted in defining genius, particularly by the countrymen of Schiller, some of whom have narrowed the conditions of the term so far, as to find but three _men of genius_ since the world was created: Homer, Shakspeare, and Goethe!

7. Roman conception (whencesoever emanating) of the natal genius, as the secret and central representative of what is most characteristic and individual in the nature of every human being, are derived alike the notion of the _genial_ and our modern notion of _genius_ as contradistinguished from _talent_.

8. But when these theorists had discovered the curious fact, that we have owed to _accident_ several men of genius, and when they laid open some sources which influenced genius in its progress, they did not go one step further, they did not inquire whether such sources and such accidents had ever supplied the _want of genius_ in the individual.

9. Concerning the sonata Mr. Apthorp wrote: "One feels genius in it throughout -- and we are perfectly aware that _genius_ is not a term to be used lightly.

10. "Oh, certainly, but they were persons of great genius, and _genius_ is the highest patent of nobility.

11. The term genius is bandied around far too much these days e.g.

12. She was hoping the word genius would mean something about wanting to know, being hungry to know things, wanting to shine brighter than anyone.

13. ‘It was this man who, in 1799, combined a passion for power with his genius for leadership.’

14. ‘The player is valued by his ability to play with skill, courage, commitment, genius, flair, strength and legitimate aggression.’

15. ‘Their affiliation does not spring from supposed gifts of natural genius.’

16. ‘In fact, part of his creative genius was his ability to rework themes and ideas to fit the contemporary setting.’

17. ‘But to do so is to undermine the writer's genius for tapping into quirky, funny human nature, which regardless of history remains pretty much the same.’

18. ‘Throughout that career, he has shown such genius for dividing opinion and pouring lemon into wounds that he has made himself a fortune.’

19. ‘No small part of Joyce's genius was his ability to use cliches creatively, imaginatively, knowingly.’

20. ‘Puccini's genius for the dramatic undercurrent, often heard in bold brass interjections, heightened the tension throughout.’

21. ‘His was an outrageous talent, brimming with vocal ability and story telling genius which only he could carry off; and his talent was of international class.’

22. ‘Lyndon Johnson's political genius was creative not merely in the lower, technical aspects of politics but on much higher levels.’

23. ‘Although he had no actual plans, he knew that his road would be made dear and so he waited, getting by on talent and saving his genius for when his name would be called.’

24. ‘He became an icon of scientific genius for the twentieth century.’

25. ‘There was something captivating about this man, who dedicated much of his time to his artistic talents, his creative genius, and photographic exhibits.’

26. ‘These characteristics are helping further psychiatric research into the links between creative genius and mental disorders.’

27. ‘Several of our early presidents had abilities approaching genius.’

28. ‘Even if you aren't a fan of the man's music, Charles' life story is a captivating look at the battle between drugs and creative genius.’

29. ‘I'm not some creative genius, I've just been doing it a while.’

30. ‘The auteur's true genius lies in his ability to combine high art with popular culture.’

31. ‘An exploration of his work will serve to illustrate his considerable creative genius.’

32. ‘With the soft, cold voice of a Hollywood villain, he had a natural genius for menace.’

33. ‘It was indeed the activity of the geniuses, of the masters of their craft, that made the rules.’

34. ‘It is, after all, the biggest country on earth with a colossal roll-call of intellectual and artistic geniuses.’

35. ‘This Valentine's Day, for the first time, the two musical geniuses are coming together.’

36. ‘Ultimately, this is just one of the pitfalls of working with eccentric artistic geniuses.’

37. ‘Even the most brilliant of mathematical geniuses will never be able to tell us what the future holds.’

38. ‘And to think they were declared musical geniuses by a good portion of the music press at the time.’

39. ‘The competition tests basic computing skills as well as challenging the computer geniuses.’

40. ‘They resented the fact that the First Family was full of geniuses and prodigies.’

41. ‘Some of these geniuses never got any reward at all in their lifetime.’

42. ‘Kids are born geniuses, as far as I'm concerned, just for being in harmony with their instincts.’

43. ‘How this tiny fact escaped the minds of the planning geniuses is beyond all comprehension.’

44. ‘They are geniuses in design, promotion and selling and far superior to the people in the publishing houses.’

45. ‘Schueler is one of the great forgotten geniuses of late 20 th-century art.’

46. ‘Often described as a modern writer, Dostoevsky is - like all geniuses - timeless.’

47. ‘The idea that the great work of the world is done by shining geniuses is false.’

48. ‘You truly are the geniuses that give this site any credence and prominence’

49. ‘Think of all those past geniuses who were cut off in their prime, and what might have been possible had they lived a few decades more.’

50. ‘The cooking world has a very strict hierarchy where even geniuses have to begin as potato peelers.’

51. ‘It is hugely comforting to know that we have local geniuses able to deliver quality work at such modest cost.’

52. ‘The BBC yesterday hailed him as one of the greatest geniuses to have worked in radio comedy.’

53. ‘He was known as the evil genius of the Nixon administration, you may recall.’

54. ‘He's the evil genius behind the biggest political con-trick in history.’

55. ‘The evil genii at the helm in fact want Dean to be the man they run against.’

56. ‘Then I remembered that speculation was rife in some quarters that the Republican evil genius had planted the forged documents.’

57. ‘The genius behind these festivities is the creator of ‘Freiheit und Wissen,’ yet another blog that I should have linked to some time ago.’

58. ‘Twice within eight months the film studio was sold, both times to firms headed by disciples of its former executive, the Street's reigning evil genius.’

59. ‘He correctly characterized the motivation of the organization's leader, the presumed evil genius of terrorism.’

60. ‘Since de Portes died in a car accident at the end of June 1940, her side of the story is lost to history, and she forever remains Reynaud's evil genius, responsible for all his errors of judgement.’

61. ‘Though the name Fred Segal is well known, Herman is in fact the genius behind the institution.’

62. ‘In some instances, a place, a city, or an institution had its genius.’

63. ‘He is the presiding genius of the national spirit, a kind of Churchill in a neck ruff.’

64. ‘Few people today would have difficulty recognizing in Haydon the outlines of a new social character - the romantic genius.’

65. ‘Does democracy suit the genius of our two peoples, where votes are cast/obtained for considerations other than merit and manifestos?’

66. ‘Secularism suits the genius of a multi-religious, multi-caste and multi-lingual country like India best.’

67. ‘The apologetics of personal testimony is particularly suited to the genius of Catholicism.’

68. ‘Progressive democracy is the genius of our people.’

69. ‘It is unique, and expresses the genius of a native people.’

70. ‘The Romans were taught to believe that the destiny of Rome was the destiny of the world and this became embodied in a civil religion which embraced the genius of the Roman people.’

71. ‘The privilege afforded famous scientists, Surowiecki argues, has undervalued the genius of the scientific ethos: its commitment to meritocracy.’

72. ‘Now my compositions reflect the genius and potential of mankind.’

73. ‘The genius of capitalism is that thus far it has proven democratic when under threat.’

74. ‘Whoever had the 'genius' idea to make Cole Porter 'hip with the kids' needs a brain transplant.’

75. ‘The genius idea in Shrek 2 is Shrek turning into a handsome hero.’

76. ‘The opening is the same kind of slow music as the "New World" largo, without the genius touches (like the opening chordal passage) that distinguish the Dvorak.’

77. ‘I hope some genius record producer takes up Hawkins's work.’

78. ‘Against my own wishes, I now admit: it was a genius touch.’

79. ‘You might have a genius idea, but if you don't present it well, you're wasting your time.’

80. ‘It's simply a roaring success on all levels; it's a genius piece of fiction.’

81. ‘After the show, me and two friends thought it would be a genius idea to hazard a guess at which hotel the band might be staying in.’

82. ‘Of the major three inspirational sources for this film, only one of them is in my top ten list, and that is Eyes Wide Shut, which I think is a genius piece of filmmaking in more ways than one.’

83. ‘Every so often you see what can only be described as an audacious and genius piece of parking.’

84. ‘Their logo is a genius piece of graphic simplicity, two colours, four buildings, three of which are instantly recognisable.’

85. ‘Having the villain so many steps ahead of both the heroes and the audience is a genius move and results in a relentless feel of dread throughout.’

86. ‘Wallace and Gromit's world of genius inventions that very nearly work perfectly, and hoarded bits and bobs that might come in handy one day, is very much Park's own, he revealed.’

87. ‘This new twelve-track collection was created with the help of genius producer Bob Rock and was recorded at The Bath House Recording Studio in Bath, Ontario.’

88. ‘Another genius move came in releasing the songs on iTunes as the episodes aired.’

89. ‘Of course it makes things a whole lot easier if a person can successfully market and sell their genius idea or product.’

90. ‘Casting Carol Burnett as Sue's mom seemed like a genius move, but they never came close to leveraging her talents.’

91. ‘It is actually kind of a genius idea, when you think about it.’

92. ‘We need a real genius marketing campaign, something that will put Signature Loans on the map and into the minds of millions of Missourians.’

93. ‘Yes, some genius marketing folks decided that DVD impulse buys were the way to capture their target market, so releasing four episode volumes at $9.99 would be the way to go.’

94. he has a genius for interior decorating

Other users have misspelling genius as:

1. jenis 26.64%

2. genious 9.83%

3. genilce 1.97%

4. genuis 1.75%

5. jenish 1.31%

6. genice 1.09%

7. Other 57.41%

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