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Synonyms of 'genius'

(noun) 
Definition
such ability
This is the mark of her genius as a designer.
Synonyms
brilliance
His brilliance and genius will always remain.
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ability
Her drama teacher spotted her ability.
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talent
Both her children have a talent for music.
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capacity
Our capacity for giving care, love and attention is limited.
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gift
As a youth he discovered a gift for teaching.
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bent
a bent for natural history
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faculty
a faculty for self-preservation
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endowment
individuals with higher-than-average intellectual endowments
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flair
She has a flair for languages.
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inclination
She set out to follow her artistic inclinations.
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knack
He's got the knack of getting people to listen.
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propensity
She hadn't reckoned on his propensity for violence.
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aptitude
He discovered an aptitude for working in accounts.
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cleverness
The artist demonstrates a cleverness with colours and textures.
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creative power
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GEnys (text messaging)
(noun) 
Definition
a person with exceptional ability in a particular subject or activity
a 14-year-old mathematical genius
Synonyms
master
He is a master at blocking progress.
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expert
an expert in computer graphics
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mastermind
She was the mastermind behind the plan.
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brain (informal)
I've never been much of a brain myself.
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buff (informal)
She is a real film buff.
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intellect (informal)
My boss isn't a great intellect.
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adept
He was an adept at getting people to talk confidentially to him.
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maestro
the maestro's delightful first show
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virtuoso
China's foremost piano virtuoso
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boffin (British, informal)
a computer boffin
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whiz (informal)
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hotshot (informal)
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rocket scientist (informal)
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wonk (informal)
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brainbox
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maven (US)
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master-hand
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fundi (South Africa)
The local fundi are wonderfully adept and have created a car adapted to hunting.
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GEnys (text messaging)
Opposites
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half-wit
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Quotations

Genius is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine per cent perspiration [Thomas Alva EdisonLife]
When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him [Jonathan SwiftThoughts on Various Subjects]The true genius is a mind of large general powers, accidentally determined to some particular direction [Samuel JohnsonLives of the English Poets]Genius is ... the child of imitation [Joshua ReynoldsDiscourses on Art]If I have seen further [than other men] it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants [Isaac Newtonletter to Robert Hooke]Genius must be born, and never can be taught [John DrydenTo Mr. Congreve]In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts [Ralph Waldo EmersonSelf-Reliance]I have nothing to declare but my genius [Oscar Wilde]Genius does what it must,
And Talent does what it can
[Owen MeredithLast Words of a Sensitive Second-rate Poet]
It takes a lot of time to be a genius, you have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing [Gertrude SteinEverybody's Autobiography]Genius is only a greater aptitude for patience [Comte de Buffon]

Additional synonyms

in the sense of ability
Definition
great skill or competence
Her drama teacher spotted her ability.
in the sense of adept
Definition
a person skilled in something
He was an adept at getting people to talk confidentially to him.
Synonyms
buff (informal),
whizz (informal),
hotshot (informal),
rocket scientist (informal),
dab hand (British, informal),
maven (US)
in the sense of aptitude
Definition
natural tendency or ability
He discovered an aptitude for working in accounts.

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