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  • 1 Ingenious — A game in play Designer(s) Reiner Knizia Publisher(s) Fantasy Flight Games Kosmos Sophisticated Games Players …

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  • 2 Ingenious — In*gen ious, a. [L. ingeniosus, fr. ingenium innate or natural quality, natural capacity, genius: cf. F. ing[ e]nieux. See {Engine}.] 1. Possessed of genius, or the faculty of invention; skillful or promp to invent; having an aptitude to contrive …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 ingenious — ingenious, ingenuous These two words are distantly related and both have undergone a major shift in meaning. Ingenious came into English via French from a Latin source derived from ingenium ‘cleverness’; it originally meant ‘intellectual,… …

    Modern English usage

  • 4 ingenious — early 15c., intellectual, talented, from M.Fr. ingénieux clever, ingenious (O.Fr. engeignos), from L. ingeniosus of good capacity, full of intellect; clever, gifted with genius, from ingenium innate qualities, ability, lit. that which is inborn,… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 ingenious — [in jēn′yəs] adj. [LME < MFr ingenieux < L ingeniosus, of good capacity, gifted with genius, ingenious < ingenium, innate quality, ability < in , in + gignere: see GENUS] 1. Obs. having genius; having great mental ability 2. clever,… …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 ingenious — index artful, competent, deft, expert, fertile, original (creative), politic, proficient …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 ingenious — cunning, *clever, adroit Analogous words: inventing or inventive, creating or creative, discovering (see corresponding verbs at INVENT): *dexterous, handy, deft: skillful, adept, skilled, expert, *proficient, masterly …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 ingenious — [adj] clever; brilliant able, adroit, artistic, bright, canny, crafty, creative, cunning, deviceful, dexterous, gifted, imaginative, innovational, innovative, innovatory, intelligent, inventive, original, ready, resourceful, shrewd, skillful, sly …

    New thesaurus

  • 9 ingenious — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ clever, original, and inventive. DERIVATIVES ingeniously adverb ingeniousness noun. ORIGIN Latin ingeniosus, from ingenium mind, intellect ; related to ENGINE(Cf. ↑engineless) …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 ingenious — ingeniously, adv. ingeniousness, n. /in jeen yeuhs/, adj. 1. characterized by cleverness or originality of invention or construction: an ingenious machine. 2. cleverly inventive or resourceful: an ingenious press agent. 3. Obs. a. intelligent;… …

    Universalium

  • 11 ingenious — in•gen•ious [[t]ɪnˈdʒin yəs[/t]] adj. 1) characterized by cleverness or originality of invention: an ingenious argument[/ex] 2) cleverly inventive; resourceful: an ingenious mechanic[/ex] 3) Obs. a) intelligent; showing genius b) ingenuous •… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 12 ingenious — adj. ingenious to + inf. (it was ingenious of her to solve the problem so quickly) * * * [ɪn dʒiːnɪəs] ingenious to + inf. (it was ingenious of her to solve the problem so quickly) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 13 ingenious — in|ge|ni|ous [ınˈdʒi:niəs] adj [Date: 1400 1500; : French; Origin: ingénieux, from Latin ingenium natural ability ] 1.) an ingenious plan, idea, or object works well and is the result of clever thinking and new ideas ▪ Many fish have ingenious… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 ingenious — adjective 1 an ingenious plan, idea, invention etc is the result of clever thinking and new ideas, and works well: an ingenious way of making money | an ingenious gadget 2 someone who is ingenious is very good at inventing things or thinking of… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 ingenious — adj. VERBS ▪ be, sound ▪ The idea sounds ingenious ADVERB ▪ extremely, fairly, very, etc …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 16 ingenious — in|gen|ious [ ın dʒiniəs ] adjective * 1. ) an ingenious plan, piece of equipment, etc. uses new and clever ideas: an ingenious device for opening bottles 2. ) someone who is ingenious is good at inventing things and solving problems in new ways… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 ingenious — [[t]ɪnʤi͟ːniəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED Something that is ingenious is very clever and involves new ideas, methods, or equipment. ...a truly ingenious invention... Gautier s solution to the puzzle is ingenious. Derived words: ingeniously ADV GRADED usu… …

    English dictionary

  • 18 ingenious */ — UK [ɪnˈdʒiːnɪəs] / US [ɪnˈdʒɪnɪəs] adjective 1) an ingenious plan, piece of equipment etc uses new and clever ideas an ingenious device for opening bottles 2) someone who is ingenious is good at inventing things and solving problems in new ways… …

    English dictionary

  • 19 ingenious — adjective a) Displaying genius or brilliance; tending to invent. This fellow is ingenious; he fixed a problem I didnt even know I had. b) Characterized by genius; cleverly done or contrived. That is an ingenious model of the atom …

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  • 20 ingenious — [15] Ingenious used to be a more elevated term than it is today. To begin with it meant ‘highly intelligent’, but already by the 16th century it was starting to come down in the world somewhat to ‘cleverly inventive’. It comes, partly via French… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins