Adjective "genius" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Exceptional intellectual or creative power or other natural ability.
  1. in singular 'that woman has a genius for organization'
  2. 'But to do so is to undermine the writer's genius for tapping into quirky, funny human nature, which regardless of history remains pretty much the same.'
  3. 'The auteur's true genius lies in his ability to combine high art with popular culture.'
  4. 'No small part of Joyce's genius was his ability to use cliches creatively, imaginatively, knowingly.'
  5. 'Even if you aren't a fan of the man's music, Charles' life story is a captivating look at the battle between drugs and creative genius.'
  6. 'There was something captivating about this man, who dedicated much of his time to his artistic talents, his creative genius, and photographic exhibits.'
  7. 'Although he had no actual plans, he knew that his road would be made dear and so he waited, getting by on talent and saving his genius for when his name would be called.'
  8. 'Lyndon Johnson's political genius was creative not merely in the lower, technical aspects of politics but on much higher levels.'
  9. 'Their affiliation does not spring from supposed gifts of natural genius.'
  10. 'These characteristics are helping further psychiatric research into the links between creative genius and mental disorders.'
  11. 'Throughout that career, he has shown such genius for dividing opinion and pouring lemon into wounds that he has made himself a fortune.'
An exceptionally intelligent person or one with exceptional skill in a particular area of activity.
  1. 'It was indeed the activity of the geniuses, of the masters of their craft, that made the rules.'
  2. 'It is hugely comforting to know that we have local geniuses able to deliver quality work at such modest cost.'
  3. 'It is, after all, the biggest country on earth with a colossal roll-call of intellectual and artistic geniuses.'
  4. 'Ultimately, this is just one of the pitfalls of working with eccentric artistic geniuses.'
  5. 'How this tiny fact escaped the minds of the planning geniuses is beyond all comprehension.'
  6. 'Often described as a modern writer, Dostoevsky is - like all geniuses - timeless.'
  7. 'They resented the fact that the First Family was full of geniuses and prodigies.'
  8. 'Even the most brilliant of mathematical geniuses will never be able to tell us what the future holds.'
  9. 'The competition tests basic computing skills as well as challenging the computer geniuses.'
  10. 'This Valentine's Day, for the first time, the two musical geniuses are coming together.'
A person regarded as exerting a powerful influence over another for good or evil.
  1. 'this young man is my good genius, my guardian angel'
  2. 'Twice within eight months the film studio was sold, both times to firms headed by disciples of its former executive, the Street's reigning evil genius.'
  3. 'The evil genii at the helm in fact want Dean to be the man they run against.'
  4. 'He correctly characterized the motivation of the organization's leader, the presumed evil genius of terrorism.'
  5. 'In some instances, a place, a city, or an institution had its genius.'
  6. 'Though the name Fred Segal is well known, Herman is in fact the genius behind the institution.'
  7. 'The niches perhaps also recall Roman lararia, and the snakes the protective genii associated with such household shrines.'
The prevailing character or spirit of something.
  1. 'Progressive democracy is the genius of our people.'
  2. 'Few people today would have difficulty recognizing in Haydon the outlines of a new social character - the romantic genius.'
  3. 'Does democracy suit the genius of our two peoples, where votes are cast/obtained for considerations other than merit and manifestos?'
  4. 'Now my compositions reflect the genius and potential of mankind.'
  5. 'The Romans were taught to believe that the destiny of Rome was the destiny of the world and this became embodied in a civil religion which embraced the genius of the Roman people.'


Very clever or ingenious.
  1. 'this book was absolutely genius in parts'
  2. 'Another genius move came in releasing the songs on iTunes as the episodes aired.'
  3. 'Wallace and Gromit's world of genius inventions that very nearly work perfectly, and hoarded bits and bobs that might come in handy one day, is very much Park's own, he revealed.'
  4. 'The opening is the same kind of slow music as the "New World" largo, without the genius touches (like the opening chordal passage) that distinguish the Dvorak.'
  5. 'Yes, some genius marketing folks decided that DVD impulse buys were the way to capture their target market, so releasing four episode volumes at $9.99 would be the way to go.'
  6. 'Of the major three inspirational sources for this film, only one of them is in my top ten list, and that is Eyes Wide Shut, which I think is a genius piece of filmmaking in more ways than one.'
  7. 'We need a real genius marketing campaign, something that will put Signature Loans on the map and into the minds of millions of Missourians.'
  8. 'Their logo is a genius piece of graphic simplicity, two colours, four buildings, three of which are instantly recognisable.'
  9. 'The genius idea in Shrek 2 is Shrek turning into a handsome hero.'
  10. 'I hope some genius record producer takes up Hawkins's work.'
  11. 'Whoever had the 'genius' idea to make Cole Porter 'hip with the kids' needs a brain transplant.'


noun, plural geniuses for 2, 3, 8, genii[jee-nee-ahy]/ˈdʒi niˌaɪ/(Show IPA), 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.

Synonyms: intelligence, ingenuity, wit; brains.

2. a person having such capacity.

3. a person having an extraordinarily high intelligence rating on a psychological test, as an IQ above 140.Synonyms: mental giant, master, expert; whiz, brain, brain


Late 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 century), which led to a sense ‘a person's natural ability’, and finally ‘exceptional natural ability’ (mid 17th century).