1. characterized by cleverness or originality of invention or construction: an ingenious machine.
2. cleverly inventive or resourceful: an ingenious press agent.
a. intelligent; showing genius.
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imaginative, inventive, sly, skillful, shrewd, creative, innovative, subtle, intelligent, resourceful, able, adroit, artistic, bright, canny, crafty, cunning, dexterous, gifted, original
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entertainment, hobby, diversion, avocation.
2. bright, gifted, able, resourceful; adroit.
2. inept, maladroit, unskillful.
Ingenious and ingenuous are now distinct from each other and are not synonyms. Ingenious means “characterized by cleverness” or “cleverly inventive,” as in contriving new explanations or methods: an ingenious device; ingenious designers. Ingenuous means “candid” or “innocent”: an ingenuous and sincere statement; a thug with the ingenuous eyes of a choirboy.
Origin: 1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin ingeniosus, equivalent to ingeni ( um ) natural disposition, cleverness ( in- in- + gen- (base of gignere to bring into being; cf. genitor) + -ium -ium) + -osus -ous
EXAMPLE SENTENCES FROM THE WEB FOR INGENIOUS
Then I sort of forgot about them, until roughly 2015, when a diabolically ingenious album called FFS—a collaboration between the Scottish band Franz Ferdinand and, once again, Sparks—caught my attention.
THE SPARKS BROTHERS, A SUNDANCE DELIGHT, TELLS THE GRAND STORY OF THIS ENDURINGLY ENIGMATIC ART-POP DUO|STEPHANIE ZACHAREK|FEBRUARY 3, 2021|TIME
An ingenious little invention, this kitchen appliance can make a huge difference when it comes to quick snacks, full meals, and delicious leftovers.
THE BEST MICROWAVES: THIS WAY FOR BUTTERY POPCORN AND TEMPTING LEFTOVERS|POPSCI COMMERCE TEAM|JANUARY 22, 2021|POPULAR SCIENCE
However, the game’s art direction and ingenious puzzles give “Call of the Sea” undeniable momentum.
‘CALL OF THE SEA’: STRICTLY FOR HARDCORE PUZZLERS|CHRISTOPHER BYRD|JANUARY 15, 2021|WASHINGTON POST
Once on the ground an extremely ingenious system allows the flight-pod “to open up like a flower and release the dog in less than 10 seconds after landing.”
THIS NEW HARNESS LETS MILITARY DOGS PARACHUTE SAFELY AND WITH STYLE|CHRISTINA MACKENZIE|JANUARY 4, 2021|POPULAR SCIENCE