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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: 'spirit who guards a person or place', from gignere; GENITAL

genius

noun
     
ge‧ni‧us
1 [uncountable] a very high level of intelligence, mental skill, or ability, which only a few people have:
The film reveals Fellini's genius.
work/writer/man etc of genius
Wynford was an architect of genius.
a stroke of genius (=a very clever idea)
At the time, his appointment seemed a stroke of genius.
a work of pure genius
2 [countable] someone who has an unusually high level of intelligence, mental skill, or ability:
Freud was a genius.
a genius at (doing) something
My father was a genius at storytelling.
3

a genius for (doing) something

special skill at doing something:
That woman has a genius for organization.
Warhol's genius for publicity
WORD FOCUS: intelligent WORD FOCUS: intelligent
similar words: clever especially BrE/smart especially AmE good at learning or understanding things quickly
bright
intelligent - used especially about young people
brilliant
a brilliant scientist, writer, student, historian etc is extremely intelligent and does very good work
brainy
informal very intelligent and good at studying
gifted
a gifted child is extremely intelligent
wise
a wise person has a lot of experience and knowledge, and can give good advice
cunning
/crafty good at using your intelligence to trick people

intelligent people: genius someone who is extremely intelligent and has great ideas
intellectual
someone who is well-educated and interested in art, science, or literature at a high level
intelligentsia
a country's intellectuals, considered as a single group


See also
intelligent

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