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genius (3 not pre-S.)
1. in classical pagan belief, tutelary god or attendant spirit supposed to be allotted to every man at his birth Tw.N. III. iv. 144, Troil. IV. iv. 50 “the so Cries ‘Come!’ to him,” Cæs. II. i. 66, Mac. III. i. 56 “under him My genius is rebuk'”
2. used with allusion to the two mutally opposed spirits (the good and the evil genius) by whom every person was supposed to be attended throughout his life Tp. IV. i. 27 “the strong'st suggestion Our worser genius can.”
3. embodied type or representation 2H4 III. ii. 341 “a' was the very genius of famine.”
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    • William Shakespeare, Macbeth, 3.1
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