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Definition of "genii" []

  • Roman Mythology Plural of genius. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "genii" in a sentence
  • "Princes: of which some were absolutely good, as gods, some bad, some indifferent inter deos et homines, as heroes and daemons, which ruled men, and were called genii, or as [1171] Proclus and Jamblichus will, the middle betwixt God and men."
  • "These are municipal temples dedicated to beings commonly called genii by Europeans, that is to say, superhuman personages, often, but not always, departed local worthies, who for one reason or another are supposed to protect and supervise a particular town or village."
  • "A wise king was one who had control of the powers of earth and air, who could call the genii to his aid by incantations, and perform supernatural deeds."