Ingenious vs. Genius

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  • Ingenious (adjective)

    Displaying genius or brilliance; tending to invent.

    "This fellow is ingenious; he fixed a problem I didn't even know I had."

  • Ingenious (adjective)

    Characterized by genius; cleverly done or contrived.

    "That is an ingenious model of the atom."

  • Ingenious (adjective)

    Witty; original; shrewd; adroit; keen; sagacious.

    "He sent me an ingenious reply for an email."

  • Genius (noun)

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

  • Genius (noun)

    Extraordinary mental capacity.

  • Genius (noun)

    Inspiration, a mental leap, an extraordinary creative process.

    "a work of genius."

  • Genius (noun)

    The tutelary deity or spirit of a place or person.

  • Genius (adjective)

    ingenious, very clever, or original.

    "What a genius idea!"

  • Ingenious (adjective)

    Possessed of genius, or the faculty of invention; skillful or promp to invent; having an aptitude to contrive, or to form new combinations; as, an ingenious author, mechanic.

  • Ingenious (adjective)

    Proceeding from, pertaining to, or characterized by, genius or ingenuity; of curious design, structure, or mechanism; as, an ingenious model, or machine; an ingenious scheme, contrivance, etc.

  • Ingenious (adjective)

    Witty; shrewd; adroit; keen; sagacious; as, an ingenious reply.

  • Ingenious (adjective)

    Mental; intellectual.

  • Genius (noun)

    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.

  • Genius (noun)

    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 (noun)

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

  • Genius (noun)

    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 (noun)

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

Webster Dictionary
  • Ingenious (adjective)

    (used of persons or artifacts) marked by independence and creativity in thought or action;

    "an imaginative use of material"

    "the invention of the knitting frame by another ingenious English clergyman"

    "an ingenious device"

    "had an inventive turn of mind"

    "inventive ceramics"

  • Ingenious (adjective)

    skillful (or showing skill) in adapting means to ends;

    "cool prudence and sensitive selfishness along with quick perception of what is possible--these distinguish an adroit politician"

    "came up with a clever story"

    "an ingenious press agent"

    "an ingenious scheme"

  • Ingenious (adjective)

    showing inventiveness and skill;

    "a clever gadget"

    "the cunning maneuvers leading to his success"

    "an ingenious solution to the problem"

  • Genius (noun)

    someone who has exceptional intellectual ability and originality;

    "Mozart was a child genius"

    "he's smart but he's no Einstein"

  • Genius (noun)

    unusual mental ability

  • Genius (noun)

    someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field

  • Genius (noun)

    exceptional creative ability

  • Genius (noun)

    a natural talent;

    "he has a flair for mathematics"

    "he has a genius for interior decorating"

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