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genius

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The greatest blunders, like the thickest ropes, are often compounded of a multitude of strands. Take the rope apart, separate it into the small threads that compose it, and you can break them one by one. You think, "That is all there was!" But twist them all together and you have something tremendous.
Victor Hugo
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Etymology

From Latin genius, household guardian spirit, from gens, tribe.

Pronunciation

Noun

genius (plural: genii (classical Roman mythology) or geniuses (colloquial))

  1. someone possessing extraordinary intelligence or skill.
  2. extraordinary mental capacity.
  3. inspiration, a mental leap, an extraordinary creative process.
    a work of genius
  4. (Roman mythology) the guardian spirit of a place or person.
  5. A way of thinking, optimizing one's capacity for learning and understanding.

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Latin

Etymology

From Latin gens, household, clan, tribe + suffix -ius.

Noun

genius (genitive geniī); m, second declension

  1. household guardian spirit

Inflection

Second declension (2).

Number Singular Plural
nominative genius geniī
genitive geniī geniōrum
dative geniō geniīs
accusative genium geniōs
ablative geniō geniīs
vocative genie geniī

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