genesis

noun (1)
gen·​e·​sis | \ ˈje-nə-səs How to pronounce genesis (audio) \
plural geneses\ ˈje-​nə-​ˌsēz How to pronounce geneses (audio) \

Definition of genesis

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the origin or coming into being of something the genesis of a new political movement

Genesis

noun (2)

Definition of Genesis (Entry 2 of 2)

: the mainly narrative first book of canonical Jewish and Christian Scriptures — see Bible Table

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The traditional Greek name for the first and best-known book of the Bible is Genesis, meaning "origin". Genesis tells the stories of the creation, Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah's ark, the Tower of Babel, Abraham and his sons, and more—the stories that explain how the world and humanity were created, as well as much about how humanity, and especially the descendants of Abraham, relate to the rest of the world. Today we use genesis to refer to the creative beginnings of much smaller things, but never unimportant ones.

Examples of genesis in a Sentence

Noun (1)

a book about the genesis of the civil rights movement was present at the meeting which was later considered the genesis of the new political movement

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However much the human ingenuity reflected in virtual worlds might transport and delight us, only the godly genesis depicted by Blake can transcend and deliver us. Andrew Stark, WSJ, "‘Living With the Gods’ Review: The Gang’s All Here," 16 Nov. 2018 But the law's genesis lies in the protection of the Communist Party's version of history, experts say. Simon Denyer, chicagotribune.com, "China criminalizes the slander of its 'heroes and martyrs,' as it seeks to control history," 27 Apr. 2018 Interestingly, although Venus is depicted as breathtakingly magnificent, her genesis story isn’t particularly appealing. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What the Position of Venus in Your Birth Chart Means for You," 31 July 2018 Magazine The genesis of the Equinox Hotel goes back over a decade, to pre-recession 2007. Howie Kahn, WSJ, "The Hotel Where You’ll Be ‘Sleep-Coached’ Into Bed," 27 Mar. 2019 The genesis of Inès Bressand’s eponymous accessories label was swift and organic. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Inès Bressand Is Crafting the Basket Bags You’ll Be Coveting This Spring," 23 Jan. 2019 So, here is the genesis of that case of mistaken identity: Villanova coach Jay Wright has weekly television and radio shows, like most big-time college coaches. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Where did DiVincenzo's 'Michael Jordan of Delaware' nickname come from?," 22 June 2018 The genesis of this venture began minutes after the Fan Con postponement began leaking on social media. Graeme Mcmillan, The Hollywood Reporter, "Pop-Up Fan Event Launches Out of Failed Baltimore Convention," 27 Apr. 2018 By then the abbey’s association with literary figures — the genesis of its Poets’ Corner — had begun to take hold, though by chance rather than design. Stephen Castle, New York Times, "Stephen Hawking Enters ‘Britain’s Valhalla,’ Where Space Is Tight," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of genesis

Noun (1)

circa 1604, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for genesis

Noun (1)

Latin, from Greek, from gignesthai to be born — more at kin

Noun (2)

Greek

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genesis

noun

English Language Learners Definition of genesis

somewhat formal : the beginning of something

genesis

noun
gen·​e·​sis | \ ˈjen-ə-səs How to pronounce genesis (audio) \
plural geneses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce geneses (audio) \

Medical Definition of genesis

: the origin or coming into being of something : the process or mode of origin

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