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genial1

[jeen-yuh l, jee-nee-uh l] /ˈdʒin yəl, ˈdʒi ni əl/
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
1560-1570
1560-70; < Latin geniālis festive, jovial, pleasant, equivalent to geni(us) tutelary deity, the spirit of social enjoyment + -ālis -al1
Related forms
genially, adverb
geniality
[jee-nee-al-i-tee] /ˌdʒi niˈæl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
genialness, noun
overgeniality, noun
Synonyms
1. friendly, hearty, pleasant, agreeable.
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British Dictionary definitions for genialness

genial1

/ˈdʒiːnjəl; -nɪəl/
adjective
1.
cheerful, easy-going, and warm in manner or behaviour
2.
pleasantly warm, so as to give life, growth, or health the genial sunshine
Derived Forms
geniality (ˌdʒiːnɪˈælɪtɪ), genialness, noun
genially, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin geniālis relating to birth or marriage, from genius tutelary deity; see genius

genial2

/dʒɪˈniːəl/
adjective
1.
(anatomy) of or relating to the chin
Word Origin
C19: from Greek geneion, from genus jaw
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Word Origin and History for genialness

genial

adj.

1560s, "pertaining to marriage," from Latin genialis "pleasant, festive," literally "pertaining to marriage rites," from genius "guardian spirit" (see genius). Originally used in the Latin literal sense; meaning "cheerful, friendly" first recorded 1746. Related: Genially.

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genialness in Medicine

genial ge·ni·al (jĭ-nī'əl) or ge·ni·an (-ən)
adj.
Of or relating to the chin.

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