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congenial

[kuh n-jeen-yuh l] /kənˈdʒin yəl/
adjective
1.
agreeable, suitable, or pleasing in nature or character:
congenial surroundings.
2.
suited or adapted in spirit, feeling, temper, etc.; compatible:
a congenial couple.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; < Latin con- con- + geni(us) genius + -al1
Related forms
congeniality
[kuh n-jee-nee-al-i-tee] /kənˌdʒi niˈæl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
congenialness, noun
congenially, adverb
precongenial, adjective
quasi-congenial, adjective
quasi-congenially, adverb
uncongenial, adjective
uncongenially, adverb
uncongeniality, noun
Synonyms
1. favorable, pleasant, complaisant, sympathetic.
Antonyms
1, 2. disagreeable.
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Examples for congeniality
  • The chair was at fault for allowing the visitor to vote, putting congeniality before shared governance.
  • She was the soul of congeniality, but she adamantly refused to pose in a swimsuit.
  • At this point the process and the congeniality break down.
  • Members who have served together for years develop an affinity for congeniality and suppress reasonable dissent.
  • Their congeniality would be short-lived as politics overrode friendship.
  • They also commented on his congeniality and sense of humor.
  • He enjoys the respect of his colleagues both on and off the bench for the soundness of his judgment and his congeniality.
  • congeniality of refuse collectors is an attribute often overlooked during personnel selection.
  • He is considered a top investigator and is known for his congeniality.
British Dictionary definitions for congeniality

congenial

/kənˈdʒiːnjəl; -nɪəl/
adjective
1.
friendly, pleasant, or agreeable a congenial atmosphere to work in
2.
having a similar disposition, tastes, etc; compatible; sympathetic
Derived Forms
congeniality (kənˌdʒiːnɪˈælɪtɪ), congenialness, noun
congenially, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from con- (same) + genial1
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Word Origin and History for congeniality

congenial

adj.

1620s, "kindred, sympathetic," from Latin com- "together" (see com-) + genialis "of birth," thus, "kindred" (see genus). Sense of "agreeable" is first recorded 1711. Related: Congeniality.

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