genius vs brilliant : Common Errors in English

About genius vs brilliant

In standard English “genius” is a noun, but not an adjective. In slang, people often say things like “Telling Mom your English teacher is requiring the class to get HBO was genius!” The standard way to say this is “was brilliant.”

genius Meaning(s)

  • (n) someone who has exceptional intellectual ability and originality
  • (n) unusual mental ability
  • (n) someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field
  • (n) exceptional creative ability
  • (n) a natural talent

brilliant Meaning(s)

  • (s) of surpassing excellence
  • (s) having or marked by unusual and impressive intelligence
  • (s) characterized by grandeur
  • (s) having striking color
  • (s) full of light; shining intensely
  • (s) clear and sharp and ringing

genius in News

  1. Justin Bieber Has a Genius Idea for His Next Tattoo

    Getty Images Justin Bieber has a whole bunch of tattoos now — a tiger head, owl, crown, and knight, for starters — and his next idea might just blow your mind. Ready for this? He tweeted his genius idea Wednesday: "Random thought- I should get a tattoo of a smiley face on my foot and call it happy feet. Haha" While that's mildly amusing, we'd like to point out that he'd have to get a smiley face ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Zimbio

  2. GENIUS environmental competition June 17-20 to global finalists

    The SUNY Oswego GENIUS Olympiad finals open Monday, June 17, welcoming more than 400 competitors and their mentors from around the world, including Kayla Vidal and Bilgenur Sirin of the Syracuse Academy of Science. "We are very excited for the Oswego competition," said the charter school juniors, who studied the effects on Lake Ontario water quality of fireworks shows at events such as ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Oswego County Today

  3. Review: Atlas Genius at Old National Centre

    Atlas Genius makes their second 2013 appearance in Indy with Haerts and The Postelles at Old National Centre. by Manny Casillas For their second appearance in Indianapolis this year alone (after opening for Imagine Dragons back in March) Aussie boys Atlas Genius brought the big choruses and big chords that groove through their full length debut When It Was Now, so big it was almost too much for ...
    on June 10, 2013 Source: Nuvo

brilliant in News

  1. Brilliant: A Social Network for Brainiacs

    What do smart people want? Sue Khim answered that question by launching a problem-solving site for STEM learners. In many places, a student's "intellect" is measured by a standardized test, where the only real skill is memorization. "Instead of waiting for the national exams to change, or colleges to adapt, I started Brilliant to go and find these people and create a more meaningful way for them ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Inc Magazine

  2. Brilliant 'Master Class'

    Brilliant 'Master Class' Times Union Copyright 2013 Times Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 1:31 pm, Tuesday, June 11, 2013 In the abstract, "Master Class" seems an unpromising subject for a play: an aging Callas, the legendary and mercurial mid-20th-century opera soprano whose singing voice is mostly gone, gives a ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Albany Times Union

  3. Brilliant residents without power, AEP crew en route

    Most residents of Brilliant, Ohio, were without power as of Tuesday at 2:45 a.m. About 880 people are affected. According to a spokesperson with AEP Ohio, this is due to an issue with a circuit. As of 3:20 a.m., crews were on the way to Brilliant to fix the issue. No other information is available until crews get to the scene. Stick with NEWS9 for continuing coverage.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: WTOV 9 Steubenville

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