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 for Genius
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Genius \Gen"ius\, n.; pl. E. Geniuses; in sense 1, L. Genii.
     [L. genius, prop., the superior or divine nature which is
     innate in everything, the spirit, the tutelar deity or genius
     of a person or place, taste, talent, genius, from genere,
     gignere, to beget, bring forth. See Gender, and cf.
     1. 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.
     Syn: genie.
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                The unseen genius of the wood.      --Milton.
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                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.                --Tylor.
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     2. 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.
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     3. Peculiar character; animating spirit, as of a nation, a
        religion, a language.
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     4. 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.
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              Genius of the highest kind implies an unusual
              intensity of the modifying power.     --Coleridge.
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     5. A man endowed with uncommon vigor of mind; a man of
        superior intellectual faculties and creativity; as,
        Shakespeare was a rare genius.
     Syn: Genius, Talent.
     Usage: Genius implies high and peculiar gifts of nature,
            impelling the mind to certain favorite kinds of mental
            effort, and producing new combinations of ideas,
            imagery, etc. Talent supposes general strength of
            intellect, with a peculiar aptitude for being molded
            and directed to specific employments and valuable ends
            and purposes. Genius is connected more or less with
            the exercise of imagination, and reaches its ends by a
            kind of intuitive power. Talent depends more on high
            mental training, and a perfect command of all the
            faculties, memory, judgment, sagacity, etc. Hence we
            speak of a genius for poetry, painting. etc., and a
            talent for business or diplomacy. Among English
            orators, Lord Chatham was distinguished for his
            genius; William Pitt for his pre["e]minent talents,
            and especially his unrivaled talent for debate.
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     Genius loci[L.], the genius or presiding divinity of a
        place; hence, the pervading spirit of a place or
        institution, as of a college, etc.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: someone who has exceptional intellectual ability and
           originality; "Mozart was a child genius"; "he's smart but
           he's no Einstein" [syn: genius, mastermind, brain,
           brainiac, Einstein]
      2: unusual mental ability [syn: brilliance, genius]
      3: someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field [syn: ace,
         adept, champion, sensation, maven, mavin,
         virtuoso, genius, hotshot, star, superstar, whiz,
         whizz, wizard, wiz]
      4: exceptional creative ability [syn: genius, wizardry]
      5: a natural talent; "he has a flair for mathematics"; "he has a
         genius for interior decorating" [syn: flair, genius]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  329 Moby Thesaurus words for "genius":
     A per se, Baba Yaga, Calliope, Clio, Erato, Euterpe, Geist, Lilith,
     Melpomene, Muse, Polyhymnia, Terpsichore, Thalia, ability,
     ableness, academician, ace, acuity, acuteness, adept, adequacy,
     adroitness, afflatus, afreet, ancestral spirits, angel,
     animating spirit, animation, animus, aptitude, aptness,
     artistic imagination, astuteness, attendant godling, atua,
     barghest, bent, body-build, bookman, boss, brain, braininess,
     brains, brand, brightness, brilliance, bump, cacodemon, caliber,
     capability, capableness, capacity, cast, champion, character,
     characteristic, characteristics, chief, child prodigy, classicist,
     clear thinking, clerk, cleverness, colossus of knowledge,
     commander, competence, complexion, composition, conception,
     constituents, constitution, control, crackerjack, crasis,
     creative imagination, creative power, creative thought, creativity,
     daemon, daeva, daimonion, dean, demon, devil, dexterity, dharma,
     diathesis, disposition, divine afflatus, dower, dowry, dybbuk,
     efficacy, efficiency, endowment, enlivenment, equipment,
     esemplastic imagination, esemplastic power, esprit, ethos,
     evil genius, evil spirit, evil spirits, exhilaration, expert,
     facility, faculty, fairy godmother, familiar, familiar spirit,
     fiber, fiend, fiend from hell, fire, fire of genius, firing,
     first-rater, fitness, flair, forte, frame, fugleman, genie,
     genius domus, genius loci, ghoul, giant of learning, gift,
     gifted child, gifted person, giftedness, gifts, good angel,
     good genius, good hand, grain, grasp, great, guardian,
     guardian angel, guardian spirit, guide, gyre, habit, head, hellion,
     higher-up, household gods, hue, humanist, humor, humors, ilk,
     incubus, infection, infusion, ingenuity, inspiration, instinct,
     intellect, intellectual genius, intellectual prodigy, intelligence,
     inventiveness, invisible helper, jinni, jinniyeh, keen-wittedness,
     keenness, kind, knack, lamia, lares and penates, lares compitales,
     lares familiaris, lares permarini, lares praestites, lares viales,
     laureate, leader, leading light, learned clerk, learned man,
     literary man, litterateur, long suit, lover of learning, luminary,
     maestro, magician, mahatma, makeup, makings, man of genius,
     man of learning, man of letters, man of parts, manes, master,
     master hand, mastermind, mental alertness, mental genius,
     mental giant, mercurial mind, metier, mine of information,
     ministering angel, mold, moving spirit, muse, mythicization,
     mythification, mythopoeia, native cleverness, natural,
     natural endowment, natural gift, nature, nimble mind,
     nimble-wittedness, nimbleness, nonpareil, nous, numen, originality,
     paragon, parts, past master, penates, philologist, philologue,
     philomath, philosophe, philosopher, physique, poetic imagination,
     polyhistor, polymath, potential, power, powers, practiced hand,
     principal, prodigy, proficiency, property, pundit, qualification,
     quality, quick parts, quick thinking, quick wit, quick-wittedness,
     quickness, rakshasa, ready wit, ruler, sage, satan, savant, savvy,
     scholar, scholastic, schoolman, senior, shaping imagination,
     sharp-wittedness, sharpness, shedu, skilled hand, smartness,
     smarts, somatotype, sort, soul, special providence, speciality,
     specter, spirit, sprightly wit, stamp, star, streak, stripe,
     strong flair, strong point, student, succubus, suchness,
     sufficiency, superior, superman, supernatural being, superstar,
     susceptibility, system, talent, talents, temper, temperament,
     tendency, tenor, the goods, the greatest, the most, the stuff,
     the undead, tone, top dog, topnotcher, totem, turn, tutelar god,
     tutelary, type, understanding, vampire, vein, virtuoso,
     walking encyclopedia, way, what it takes, whiz, wit, wizard,
     wonder, yogini

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