I have heard of staggering intellect but does singular intellect mean the same? Which phrase should be used in what context?

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  • Have you looked up possible meanings of singular? – Mick Nov 30 '17 at 5:06

According to https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/singular, singular as an adjective can be defined as "distinguished by superiority" or "being out of the ordinary." Therefore, when singular is used to modify the word intellect, it means superior/extraordinary intellect. According to http://www.thesaurus.com/browse/staggering, a synonym for staggering is extraordinary. Therefore, these two things mean similar things as they both refer to a high intellectual level.


Singular here means unique, although it's not usually meant to be taken literally. A person of singular intellect might not be uniquely intelligent, but at least unusually or notably so.

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