genial

1 [jeen-yuhl, jee-nee-uhl]
adjective
1.
warmly and pleasantly cheerful; cordial: a genial disposition; a genial host.
2.
favorable for life, growth, or comfort; pleasantly warm; comfortably mild: the genial climate of Hawaii.
3.
characterized by genius.

Origin:
1560–70; < Latin geniālis festive, jovial, pleasant, equivalent to geni(us) tutelary deity, the spirit of social enjoyment + -ālis -al1

genially, adverb
geniality [jee-nee-al-i-tee] , genialness, noun
overgeniality, noun


1. friendly, hearty, pleasant, agreeable.
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genial1 (ˈdʒiːnjəl, -nɪəl)
 
adj
1.  cheerful, easy-going, and warm in manner or behaviour
2.  pleasantly warm, so as to give life, growth, or health: the genial sunshine
 
[C16: from Latin geniālis relating to birth or marriage, from genius tutelary deity; see genius]
 
geniality1
 
n
 
'genialness1
 
n
 
'genially1
 
adv

genial2 (dʒɪˈniːəl)
 
adj
anatomy of or relating to the chin
 
[C19: from Greek geneion, from genus jaw]

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genial
1566, from L. genialis "pleasant, festive," lit. "pertaining to marriage rites," from genius "guardian spirit" (see genius). Originally used in the L. literal sense; meaning "cheerful, friendly" first recorded 1746.
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genial ge·ni·al (jĭ-nī'əl) or ge·ni·an (-ən)
adj.
Of or relating to the chin.

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Example sentences
She recalled the geniality of someone who loved his family and earned the
  respect of people in the community.
There was the same geniality and humor that he showed in public.
Admired for his geniality and fine presence, he was appointed cadet adjutant.
But successful wolves are not known for their geniality.
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