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Difference Between Genius and Polymath

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Genius

A genius is a person who displays exceptional intellectual ability, creative productivity, universality in genres, or originality, typically to a degree that is associated with the achievement of new discoveries or advances in a domain of knowledge. Geniuses may be polymaths who excel across many diverse subjects or may show high achievements in only a single kind of activity.There is no scientifically precise definition of a genius.

Polymath

A polymath (Greek: πολυμαθής, polymathēs, "having learned much"; Latin: homo universalis, "universal person") is an individual whose knowledge spans a substantial number of subjects, known to draw on complex bodies of knowledge to solve specific problems. In Western Europe, the first work to use the term polymathy in its title (De Polymathia tractatio: integri operis de studiis veterum) was published in 1603 by Johann von Wowern, a Hamburg philosopher.

Genius

Extraordinary intellectual and creative power
Artistic works of genius.

Polymath

A person of wide knowledge or learning
A Renaissance polymath

Genius

A person of extraordinary intellect and talent.

Polymath

A person of great or varied learning.
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Genius

A person who has an exceptionally high intelligence quotient, typically above 140.

Polymath

A person with extraordinarily broad and comprehensive knowledge.

Genius

A strong natural talent, aptitude, or inclination
Has a genius for choosing the right words.

Polymath

A person of great and varied learning

Genius

One who has such a talent or inclination
A genius at diplomacy.

Genius

The prevailing spirit or distinctive character, as of a place, a person, or an era
The genius of Elizabethan England.
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Genius

Pl. ge·ni·i (jēnē-ī′) Roman Mythology A tutelary deity or guardian spirit of a person or place.

Genius

Someone possessing extraordinary intelligence or skill; especially somebody who has demonstrated this by a creative or original work in science, music, art etc.
Idiot savant

Genius

Extraordinary mental capacity.

Genius

Inspiration, a mental leap, an extraordinary creative process.
A work of genius
To add a dash of cinnamon amid such umami was pure genius

Genius

The tutelary deity or spirit of a place or person.
And the genius of the place: the growing enthusiasm for codified standards in the Army and Navy

Genius

(informal) Ingenious, brilliant, very clever, or original.
What a genius idea!

Genius

A good or evil spirit, or demon, supposed by the ancients to preside over a man's destiny in life; a tutelary deity; a supernatural being; a spirit, good or bad. Cf. Jinnee.
The unseen genius of the wood.
We talk of genius still, but with thought how changed! The genius of Augustus was a tutelary demon, to be sworn by and to receive offerings on an altar as a deity.

Genius

The peculiar structure of mind with which each individual is endowed by nature; that disposition or aptitude of mind which is peculiar to each man, and which qualifies him for certain kinds of action or special success in any pursuit; special taste, inclination, or disposition; as, a genius for history, for poetry, or painting.

Genius

Peculiar character; animating spirit, as of a nation, a religion, a language.

Genius

Distinguished mental superiority; uncommon intellectual power; especially, superior power of invention or origination of any kind, or of forming new combinations; as, a man of genius.
Genius of the highest kind implies an unusual intensity of the modifying power.

Genius

A man endowed with uncommon vigor of mind; a man of superior intellectual faculties and creativity; as, Shakespeare was a rare genius.

Genius

Someone who has exceptional intellectual ability and originality;
Mozart was a child genius
He's smart but he's no Einstein

Genius

Unusual mental ability

Genius

Someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field

Genius

Exceptional creative ability

Genius

A natural talent;
He has a flair for mathematics
He has a genius for interior decorating

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