Ingenuity is the quality of being clever, original, and inventive, often in the process of applying ideas to solve problems or meet challenges.
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 advances in a domain of knowledge. Despite the presence of scholars in many subjects throughout history, many geniuses have shown high achievements in only a single kind of activity.
There is no scientifically precise definition of genius, and the question of whether the notion itself has any real meaning has long been a subject of debate, although psychologists are converging on a definition that emphasizes creativity and eminent achievement. Usually, genius is associated with talent, but many authors (for example Cesare Lombroso) systematically distinguish these terms.
Displaying genius or brilliance; tending to invent.
"This fellow is ingenious; he fixed a problem I didn't even know I had."
Characterized by genius; cleverly done or contrived.
"That is an ingenious model of the atom."
Witty; original; shrewd; adroit; keen; sagacious.
"He sent me an ingenious reply for an email."
Someone possessing extraordinary intelligence or skill; especially somebody who has demonstrated this by a creative or original work in science, music, art etc.
Extraordinary mental capacity.
Inspiration, a mental leap, an extraordinary creative process.
"a work of genius."
The tutelary deity or spirit of a place or person.
ingenious, very clever, or original.
"What a genius idea!"
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.
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.
Witty; shrewd; adroit; keen; sagacious; as, an ingenious reply.
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 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.
Peculiar character; animating spirit, as of a nation, a religion, a language.
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.
A man endowed with uncommon vigor of mind; a man of superior intellectual faculties and creativity; as, Shakespeare was a rare genius.
(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"
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"
showing inventiveness and skill;
"a clever gadget"
"the cunning maneuvers leading to his success"
"an ingenious solution to the problem"
someone who has exceptional intellectual ability and originality;
"Mozart was a child genius"
"he's smart but he's no Einstein"
unusual mental ability
someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field
exceptional creative ability
a natural talent;
"he has a flair for mathematics"
"he has a genius for interior decorating"