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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GENIUS

We do not know which genius first discovered the use of pottery but he deserves a statue.

Much, nay most, of this was undoubtedly owing to the genius of the songstress.

I do not say she reasoned thus, but her genius reasoned thus for her.

I am willing to confess that my poor black Dirk was a bit of a genius.

"Genius is certainly modest," he said, with a laugh that was not nice to hear.

The Professor had genius, but lacked the great social virtue of resignation.

He affected singularity, in order to establish his claims to genius.

One could not, indeed, have supposed that a man of genius could make a man of business.

His genius was confessed by all; but it was a genius that in no way promoted the interests of his country.

She had a gift denied to most Englishwomen—the genius for wearing clothes.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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