Synonyms of 'genius'
such abilityThis is the mark of her genius as a designer.
His brilliance and genius will always remain.
Her drama teacher spotted her ability.
Both her children have a talent for music.
Our capacity for giving care, love and attention is limited.
As a youth he discovered a gift for teaching.
a bent for natural history
a faculty for self-preservation
individuals with higher-than-average intellectual endowments
She has a flair for languages.
She set out to follow her artistic inclinations.
He's got the knack of getting people to listen.
She hadn't reckoned on his propensity for violence.
He discovered an aptitude for working in accounts.
The artist demonstrates a cleverness with colours and textures.
GEnys (text messaging)
a person with exceptional ability in a particular subject or activitya 14-year-old mathematical genius
He is a master at blocking progress.
an expert in computer graphics
She was the mastermind behind the plan.
I've never been much of a brain myself.
She is a real film buff.
My boss isn't a great intellect.
He was an adept at getting people to talk confidentially to him.
the maestro's delightful first show
China's foremost piano virtuoso
boffin (British, informal), , , , , ,
a computer boffin
fundi (South Africa),
The local fundi are wonderfully adept and have created a car adapted to hunting.
GEnys (text messaging)
Genius is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine per cent perspiration – Life]When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him – Thoughts on Various Subjects]The true genius is a mind of large general powers, accidentally determined to some particular direction – Lives of the English Poets]Genius is ... the child of imitation – Discourses on Art]If I have seen further [than other men] it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants – letter to Robert Hooke]Genius must be born, and never can be taught – To Mr. Congreve]In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts – Self-Reliance]I have nothing to declare but my geniusGenius does what it must,
And Talent does what it can – Last 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 – Everybody's Autobiography]Genius is only a greater aptitude for patience
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in the sense of ability
great skill or competenceHer drama teacher spotted her ability.
in the sense of adept
a person skilled in somethingHe was an adept at getting people to talk confidentially to him.
in the sense of aptitude
natural tendency or abilityHe discovered an aptitude for working in accounts.
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