Ingenious vs. Genius

By Jaxson

  • Ingenious

    Ingenuity is the quality of being clever, original, and inventive, often in the process of applying ideas to solve problems or meet challenges.

  • Genius

    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.

  • 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!”


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