Definition of genius noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdʒiːniəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒiːniəs//
    (pl. geniuses) Clever
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  1. 1[uncountable] unusually great intelligence, skill or artistic ability the genius of Shakespeare a statesman of genius Her idea was a stroke of genius.
  2. 2[countable] a person who is unusually intelligent or artistic, or who has a very high level of skill, especially in one area a mathematical/comic, etc. genius He's a genius at organizing people. You don't have to be a genius to see that they are in love! See related entries: Clever
  3. 3[singular] genius for something/for doing something a special skill or ability He had a genius for making people feel at home.
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin, ‘attendant spirit present from one's birth, innate ability or inclination’, from the root of gignere ‘beget’. The original sense ‘spirit attendant on a person’ gave rise to a sense ‘a person's characteristic disposition’ (late 16th cent.), which led to a sense ‘a person's natural ability’, and finally ‘exceptional natural ability’ (mid 17th cent.).Extra examples In a flash of pure genius, she realized the answer to the problem. It was a stroke of genius on my part to avoid such awkward questions. She has a genius for sorting things out. a work which shows real genius a writer of genius his genius for pinpointing the absurd He was a man of great genius. He was undoubtedly the greatest comic genius of his age. In flash of pure genius, the answer came to her. It’s undoubtedly a work of genius. She was at the peak of her creative genius. She’s a genius at getting things organized. Some people say that there is only ever one true genius born in each generation. That was a stroke of genius. You don’t have to be a genius to see that this plan is not going to work. You’re an absolute genius!Idioms
    somebody’s good/evil genius
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    (especially British English) a person or spirit who is thought to have a good/bad influence over you