From Latin genesis (“generation, nativity”), from Ancient Greek γένεσις (genesis, “origin, source, beginning, nativity, generation, production, creation”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵénh₁tis (“birth, production”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵenh₁-. Related to γίγνεσθαι (gignesthai) second aor. γενέσθαι (genesthai, “to be produced, become, be”).
genesis (plural geneses)
- The origin, start, or point at which something comes into being.
- Some point to the creation of the Magna Carta as the genesis of English common law.
- genesis in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- genesis in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
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