Main meanings of genesis in English

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Pronunciation /ˈdʒɛnɪsɪs/

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in singular
  • The origin or mode of formation of something.

    ‘this tale had its genesis in fireside stories’
    • ‘Since we know that the genesis of the story was the treasure map, can we attack the problem from this direction?’
    • ‘This book explores the genesis and development of sleep patterns at this stage of the life span.’
    • ‘It is important because it helps us to understand the genesis and evolution of the Cuban leadership.’
    • ‘An overview presented the historical genesis of the practice and its evolution.’
    • ‘Unknown to him, it became the genesis of a new film that has taken 14 long years to become a celluloid reality.’
    • ‘Does design play a role in the genesis of ideas, or merely in its dissemination?’
    • ‘In fact, the genesis of the book fair in 1983 in itself signalled a special synergy with students.’
    • ‘In fact, the genesis of this issue lies in the recent Assembly elections.’
    • ‘The genesis for this book was a desire to grasp the nature of religious belief.’
    • ‘Rather, they were the genesis of and continue to be the sustainer of their networks.’
    • ‘An article in a local paper describes the genesis and construction of the round abode.’
    • ‘That was the genesis of the cartoon, which fascinates the young and the old.’
    • ‘The gap was bridged, and that was the genesis of my love of acting.’
    • ‘The genesis of a circular library building involved two of English architecture's greatest names.’
    • ‘What it does do, though, is provide a wholly plausible explanation in human terms of the genesis of one man's art.’
    • ‘His research is impeccable, and he charts the genesis and progress of each of the projects with style and wit.’
    • ‘The genesis of the focus on the mortgage market was indeed based on the issue of the European single currency.’
    • ‘The genesis of this blog idea came when one of us went off to a foreign university.’
    • ‘It was the genesis of an onslaught of negativity towards the family that made them all seem a bit more human.’
    • ‘This mistake was the genesis of all the sorry tale that was to follow.’
    origin, source, root, beginning, commencement, start, outset
    formation, emergence, development, evolution, coming into being, inception, origination, birth, creation, shaping, formulation, invention, engendering, generation, propagation
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Early 17th century from Greek (see Genesis).

Main meanings of Genesis in English

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Pronunciation /ˈdʒɛnɪsɪs/

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proper noun

  • The first book of the Bible, which includes the stories of the creation of the world, Noah's Ark, the Tower of Babel, and the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph.


Late Old English, via Latin from Greek, ‘generation, creation, nativity, horoscope’, from the base of gignesthai ‘be born or produced’. The name was given to the first book of the Old Testament in the Greek translation (the Septuagint), hence in the Latin translation (the Vulgate).