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n. Roman Mythology
Plural of genius.
[Plural of genius (influenced by Arabic jinnī, jinni).]
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n., pl. gen•ius•es for 2,3,8, gen•i•i (ˈdʒi niˌaɪ)
1. an exceptional natural capacity of intellect, esp. as shown in creative and original work in science, art, music, etc.: the genius of Mozart.
2. a person having such capacity.
3. natural ability; talent: a genius for leadership.
4. distinctive character or spirit, as of a nation, period, or language.
5. the guardian spirit of a place, person, institution, etc.
6. a person who strongly influences for good or ill the character, conduct, or destiny of a person, place, or thing: an evil genius.
[1350–1400; < Latin: tutelary deity or genius of a person; compare genus]
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