from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Extraordinary intellectual and creative power.
- n. A person of extraordinary intellect and talent: "One is not born a genius, one becomes a genius” ( Simone de Beauvoir).
- n. A person who has an exceptionally high intelligence quotient, typically above 140.
- n. A strong natural talent, aptitude, or inclination: has a genius for choosing the right words.
- n. One who has such a talent or inclination: a genius at diplomacy.
- n. The prevailing spirit or distinctive character, as of a place, a person, or an era: the genius of Elizabethan England.
- n. Roman Mythology A tutelary deity or guardian spirit of a person or place.
- n. A person who has great influence over another.
- n. A jinni in Muslim mythology.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Someone possessing extraordinary intelligence or skill; especially somebody who has demonstrated this by a creative or original work in science, music, art etc.
- n. Extraordinary mental capacity.
- n. inspiration, a mental leap, an extraordinary creative process.
- n. The guardian spirit of a place or person.
- n. A way of thinking, optimizing one's capacity for learning and understanding.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. 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.
- n. Peculiar character; animating spirit, as of a nation, a religion, a language.
- n. Distinguished mental superiority; uncommon intellectual power; especially, superior power of invention or origination of any kind, or of forming new combinations.
- n. A man endowed with uncommon vigor of mind; a man of superior intellectual faculties and creativity.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
- n. A disembodied spirit regarded as affecting human beings in certain ways, but not as connected with any one individually.
- n. A type or symbol; a concrete representative, as of an influence or a characteristic; a generic exemplification.
- n. 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.
- n. 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.
- n. A person having such mental power; a person of general or special intellectual faculties developed in a phenomenal degree.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a natural talent
- n. someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field
- n. exceptional creative ability
- n. unusual mental ability
- n. someone who has exceptional intellectual ability and originality
Middle English, guardian spirit, from Latin; see genə- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin genius ("the guardian spirit of a person, spirit, inclination, wit, genius, literally 'inborn nature'"), from gignere ("to beget, produce"), Old Latin genere, the root gen; see genus. (Wiktionary)