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genius

gen·ius

genius

 
 
pronunciation:
jin ys
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part of speech: noun
inflections: genii, geniuses
definition 1: extraordinary power of intellect, esp. as shown in artistic or scientific work.
It required genius to imagine and design these machines.This painting truly shows the artist's genius.
synonyms:
brilliance
antonyms:
idiocy, stupidity
similar words:
brightness, creativity, imagination, ingenuity, intellect, intelligence, sagacity, smartness, talent
definition 2: one who has such power.
The scientist Albert Einstein is considered a genius.
 
antonyms:
dunce, idiot, moron
similar words:
ace, intellectual, maestro, master, mastermind, mind, prodigy, sage, savant, talent, virtuoso
definition 3: someone who achieves a very high score on a standard intelligence test.
antonyms:
moron
similar words:
ace, intellectual, prodigy, savant, scholar
definition 4: the defining or predominant nature of something, someone, or some period.
the genius of a nation
synonyms:
character, core, essence, heart, nature, spirit
similar words:
complexion, gist, kind, sort
definition 5: a spirit that guards and protects some person or thing.
the genius of this house
synonyms:
angel, daemon, familiar
similar words:
spirit
Word History
Genius comes from a Latin word, gignere, which means "to produce or bring into being."
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