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genii

[jee-nee-ahy] /ˈdʒi niˌaɪ/
noun
1.
a plural of genius.

genius

[jeen-yuh s] /ˈdʒin yəs/
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.
2.
a person having such capacity.
3.
a person having an extraordinarily high intelligence rating on a psychological test, as an IQ above 140.
4.
natural ability or capacity; strong inclination:
a special genius for leadership.
5.
distinctive character or spirit, as of a nation, period, or language.
6.
the guardian spirit of a place, institution, etc.
7.
either of two mutually opposed spirits, one good and the other evil, supposed to attend a person throughout life.
8.
a person who strongly influences for good or ill the character, conduct, or destiny of a person, place, or thing:
Rasputin, the evil genius of Russian politics.
9.
Islamic Mythology, jinn; genie.
10.
genie (def 3).
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin: tutelary deity or genius of a person; cf. genus
Can be confused
genius, genus.
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  • One wonders what future lies in store for the financial genii at these universities that were snared.
British Dictionary definitions for genii

genii

/ˈdʒiːnɪˌaɪ/
noun
1.
the plural of genius (sense 5), genius (sense 6)

genius

/ˈdʒiːnɪəs; -njəs/
noun (pl) -uses, (for senses 5, 6) genii (ˈdʒiːnɪˌaɪ)
1.
a person with exceptional ability, esp of a highly original kind
2.
such ability or capacity Mozart's musical genius
3.
the distinctive spirit or creative nature of a nation, era, language, etc
4.
a person considered as exerting great influence of a certain sort an evil genius
5.
(Roman myth)
  1. the guiding spirit who attends a person from birth to death
  2. the guardian spirit of a place, group of people, or institution
6.
(Arabian myth) (usually pl) a demon; jinn
Word Origin
C16: from Latin, from gignere to beget
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Word Origin and History for genii
n.

Latinate plural of genius.

genius

n.

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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