noun, plural gen·ius·es for 2, 3, 8, gen·i·i [jee-nee-ahy] /ˈdʒi niˌaɪ/ for 6, 7, 9, 10.

  1. an exceptional natural capacity of intellect, especially as shown in creative and original work in science, art, music, etc.: the genius of Mozart.
  2. a person having such capacity.
  3. a person having an extraordinarily high intelligence rating on a psychological test, as an IQ above 140.
  4. natural ability or capacity; strong inclination: a special genius for leadership.
  5. distinctive character or spirit, as of a nation, period, or language.
  6. the guardian spirit of a place, institution, etc.
  7. either of two mutually opposed spirits, one good and the other evil, supposed to attend a person throughout life.
  8. a person who strongly influences for good or ill the character, conduct, or destiny of a person, place, or thing: Rasputin, the evil genius of Russian politics.
  9. Islamic Mythology. jinn; genie.
  10. genie(def 3).

noun Latin.

  1. the guardian spirit of a place.
  2. the distinctive character or atmosphere of a place with reference to the impression that it makes on the mind.

noun plural -uses or for senses 5, 6 genii (ˈdʒiːnɪˌaɪ)

  1. a person with exceptional ability, esp of a highly original kind
  2. such ability or capacityMozart’s musical genius
  3. the distinctive spirit or creative nature of a nation, era, language, etc
  4. a person considered as exerting great influence of a certain sortan evil genius
  5. Roman myth
    1. the guiding spirit who attends a person from birth to death
    2. the guardian spirit of a place, group of people, or institution
  6. Arabian myth (usually plural) a demon; jinn


  1. the guardian spirit of a place
  2. the special atmosphere of a particular place

late 14c., “tutelary god (classical or pagan),” from Latin genius “guardian deity or spirit which watches over each person from birth; spirit, incarnation, wit, talent;” also “prophetic skill,” originally “generative power,” from root of gignere “beget, produce” (see kin), from PIE root *gen- “produce.” Sense of “characteristic disposition” is from 1580s. Meaning “person of natural intelligence or talent” and that of “natural ability” are first recorded 1640s.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

67 queries 0.610