One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A supernatural being or spirit; = "genius". historical and rare after 17th cent.
2Distinctive character or spirit; a person's characteristic disposition.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Robert Hitchcock (fl. 1573–1591). From Italian genio tutelary supernatural being or spirit, talent, aptitude, a person's characteristic disposition, highly talented person from classical Latin genius.
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