Definition of GENIUS

a special and usually inborn ability <had a genius for remembering long strings of numbers> <had a genius for saying the wrong thing, no matter what the social situation>
the set of qualities that makes a person, a group of people, or a thing different from others <putting the needs of the individual before those of society is alien to the genius of the Japanese people>
a visible representation of something abstract (as a quality) <the giant tortoise would seem to be the very genius of the unfathomable ancientness that one associates with the Galápagos Islands>

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