• Genius of discovery
    Genius of discovery
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n genius unusual mental ability
    • n genius a natural talent "he has a flair for mathematics","he has a genius for interior decorating"
    • n genius exceptional creative ability
    • n genius someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field
    • n genius someone who has exceptional intellectual ability and originality "Mozart was a child genius","he's smart but he's no Einstein"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: After the death of the genius, Albert Einstein, his brain was removed by a pathologist and put in a jar for future study
    • Genius 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. "The unseen genius of the wood.""We talk of genius still, but with thought how changed! The genius of Augustus was a tutelary demon, to be sworn by and to receive offerings on an altar as a deity."
    • Genius A man endowed with uncommon vigor of mind; a man of superior intellectual faculties and creativity; as, Shakespeare was a rare genius .
    • Genius Distinguished mental superiority; uncommon intellectual power; especially, superior power of invention or origination of any kind, or of forming new combinations; as, a man of genius . "Genius of the highest kind implies an unusual intensity of the modifying power."
    • Genius Peculiar character; animating spirit, as of a nation, a religion, a language.
    • Genius 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; as, a genius for history, for poetry, or painting.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Mai Tai cocktail was created in 1945 by Victor Bergeron, the genius of rum, also known as Trader Vic. The drink got its name when he served it to two friends from Tahiti, who exclaimed "Maitai roa ae!," which in Tahitian means "Out of this world the best!"
    • n genius 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 genius A disembodied spirit regarded as affecting human beings in certain ways, but not as connected with any one individually.
    • n genius A type or symbol; a concrete representative, as of an influence or a characteristic; a generic exemplification.
    • n genius 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 genius 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 genius A person having such mental power; a person of general or special intellectual faculties developed in a phenomenal degree.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The average IQ is 100, while 140 is the beginning of genius IQ.
    • n Genius jēn′yus or jē′ni-us the special inborn faculty of any individual: special taste or disposition qualifying for a particular employment: a man having such power of mind: a good or evil spirit, supposed by the ancients to preside over every person, place, and thing, and esp. to preside over a man's destiny from his birth: prevailing spirit or tendency: type or generic exemplification—(obs.) Gēn′io
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “We are as much informed of a writer's genius by what he selects as by what he originates.”
  • Tuckerman
    “National enthusiasm is the nursery of genius.”
  • Louis Aragon
    Louis Aragon
    “We know that the nature of genius is to provide idiots with ideas twenty years later.”
  • Aristotle
    “There is no great genius without a mixture of madness.”
  • W. H. Auden
    “Geniuses are the luckiest of mortals because what they must do is the same as what they most want to do.”
  • Jean Baudrillard
    “Genius is childhood recaptured.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. genius, prop., the superior or divine nature which is innate in everything, the spirit, the tutelar deity or genius of a person or place, taste, talent, genius, from genere, gignere, to beget, bring forth. See Gender, and cf. Engine
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. geniusgignĕre, genitum, to beget.


In literature:

The nature of genius always remains a mystery.
"The Masters and their Music" by W. S. B. Mathews
But the first sprightly runnings of his genius are undoubtedly here.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
What a genius she had, what a burning, flashing, laughing genius.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
Does not genius require genius to be its interpreter?
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli
Genius, like insanity, lives in a world of its own, hence we find few, if any, evidences of human affection in men of genius.
"Religion and Lust" by James Weir
Against the walls were ponderous glass cases, filled with models of every kind of invention the genius of man had dreamed.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
And what is true of a great natural man or man of genius like Carlyle is equally true of all other natural persons whether men of genius or not.
"The Lost Art of Reading" by Gerald Stanley Lee
Genius is always united to a special structure, to a particular organization of the brain.
"Essay on the Creative Imagination" by Th. Ribot
There is a type of masculine genius which has always opposed him.
"Visions and Revisions" by John Cowper Powys
And this "something else" is genius, and genius of a very rare and peculiar kind.
"Suspended Judgments" by John Cowper Powys

In poetry:

Not vainly did old poets tell,
Nor vainly did old genius paint
God's great and crowning miracle,
The hero and the saint!
"Channing" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Were Genius tasked to prove the might,
The magic of her hidden spell,
She well might name thee with delight
As her own miracle.
"Music:To A Boy Of Four Years Old, On Hearing Him Play The Harp " by Fitz-Greene Halleck
Thou dost hover
O'er thy grave, all glowing,
Genius! while upon thee
Hath thy master-piece
Fallen crumbling,
Thou Immortal One!
"The Wanderer" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
And I beheld the proud,— the free,—
A passing homage render;
And lofty genius bend the knee
Before their painted splendour.
"Stanzas." by Eliza Acton
Thou, who by sharp strife
Wakest thy mind to life ;
And the memory bright
Of thy genius' light
Makest immortal in its strength ;
"To the Philippine Youth " by Jose Rizal
Through webs and dust and weather-stains,
His sunlike genius paints,
On life’s transfigured chancel-panes,
The angels and the saints.
"For Charles Dickens" by Mary Hannay Foott

In news:

Happy Hour With Atlas Genius.
The genius of Nest's smart heating and cooling system.
The odds of striking it rich in the lottery are remarkably small, but apparently it really helps if you're a math genius.
The Genius of George Inness from the September 25, 2008 issue.
We read with pleasure Andrew Butterfield's "The Genius of George Inness " with its insightful appreciation and interpretations of Inness 's art and recent Inness publications and exhibitions.
The marketing genius behind "Thomas the Tank Engine" and those scandalous "Teletubbies" knows how to capture the hearts and minds of toddlers.
And then a genius invented the internet and the plus size community was no longer silenced.
Don't envy their decorating genius: they probably hired an interior designer .
When you examine the litany of geniuses who wrought havoc in the markets in their profligate quest for unmitigated deregulation, you're hard-pressed to find the fairer sex among them.
Geneticist proves even geniuses can't get away with some things.
Jim Henson 's puppetry genius celebrated at New York museum.
Such is the manner of Gang Gang Dance's genius fifth album, Eye Contact.
Philip Langridge , 70: famous English tenor, comic genius.
Latter-day Saint values and the 'genius of small'.
It's left to Rice's to protect the city — whose mayor is played by the always sensational Viola Davis — and seemingly everyone else in town from the once law-abiding citizen and now genius serial killer.

In science:

So you are right General, about three out of every hundred. Mathematical probability, not genius.” The existence of military genius was also questioned on basic philosophical grounds by Tolstoy .
Copied citations create renowned papers?
GENIUS was proposed to look with extreme sensitivity for cold dark matter (CDM), double beta decay and low energy solar neutrinos.
'Naked' Crystals go Underground
The contacted four naked detectors in the low-level holder in which they are put into the shielded liquid nitrogen container of GENIUS-TF.
'Naked' Crystals go Underground
These five, CUORE, EXO, GENIUS, Ma jorana and MOON, have designs that meet the technical requirements for the 45-meV goal and, as a group, span the various techniques used for the study of ββ .
Neutrino Mass Patterns and Future Double-Beta Decay Experiments
This potential is not yet exhausted as is evidenced by the GENIUS and Ma jorana proposals .
Neutrino Mass Patterns and Future Double-Beta Decay Experiments