from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Birth; nativity.

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  • n. Birth, begetting.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Generation; procreation; birth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In astrology, birth; nativity.
  • n. The power of procreation; virility.
  • n. plural The genitals.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin genitūra, reproduction, from genitus, past participle of gignere, to beget; see genə- in Indo-European roots.

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From Old (and modern) French géniture, or its source Latin genitura, from the base of gignere ‘beget’.


  • It was thought that this was impossible in our republic because we had no law of _primogeniture_, but we have another kind of geniture that is very effective.

    The Arena Volume 4, No. 19, June, 1891

  • Paracelsus goes farther, and will have his physician [2848] predestinated to this man's cure, this malady; and time of cure, the scheme of each geniture inspected, gathering of herbs, of administering astrologically observed; in which Thurnesserus and some iatromathematical professors, are too superstitious in my judgment.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • [41] Saturn was lord of my geniture, culminating, &c., and Mars principal significator of manners, in partile conjunction with my ascendant; both fortunate in their houses, &c.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Garcaeus and Leovitius will have the chief judgment to be taken from the lord of the geniture, or where there is an aspect between the moon and Mercury, and neither behold the horoscope, or Saturn and Mars shall be lord of the present conjunction or opposition in Sagittarius or Pisces, of the sun or moon, such persons are commonly epileptic, dote, demoniacal, melancholy: but see more of these aphorisms in the above-named Pontanus.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • His aphorisms be these, [1287] Mercury in any geniture, if he shall be found in Virgo, or Pisces his opposite sign, and that in the horoscope, irradiated by those quartile aspects of Saturn or

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Valerius so much brags; a man as healthy as Otto Herwardus, a senator of Augsburg in Germany, whom [885] Leovitius the astrologer brings in for an example and instance of certainty in his art; who because he had the significators in his geniture fortunate, and free from the hostile aspects of Saturn and Mars, being a very cold man, [886] could not remember that ever he was sick.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Cardan, in his thirty-seventh geniture, gives instance in Matth.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • [1282] Paracelsus is of opinion, that a physician without the knowledge of stars can neither understand the cause or cure of any disease, either of this or gout, not so much as toothache; except he see the peculiar geniture and scheme of the party effected.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • For Cancer suits one as well as the other, and therefore I put nothing upon him, that I might not press my own geniture.

    The Satyricon of Petronius Arbiter

  • Pliny saith, Shell fish is the wonderful geniture of a pearl congealed into a diaphanous stone, and the shell is called the mother of pearl.

    The Parables of Our Lord


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  • In crèches that model the geniture

    The infant is always the cynosure.

    While Mary’s displayed

    Poor Joe’s in the shade,

    His fatherhood being a sinecure.

    December 25, 2017