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
In one case, it looked to be true, although genially pudgy would probably be a more accurate description than simply fat.
The star plays an improvident bachelor who genially mooches off a wealthy medical student.
His genially acerb colleagues lampoon him mercilessly, but he finds in their own folklore grounds for a measure of hilarity.
People use one another here, but genially, and in small doses.
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