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cordial

[kawr-juh l or, esp. British, -dee-uh l] /ˈkɔr dʒəl or, esp. British, -di əl/
adjective
1.
courteous and gracious; friendly; warm:
a cordial reception.
2.
invigorating the heart; stimulating.
3.
sincere; heartfelt:
a cordial dislike.
4.
Archaic. of or pertaining to the heart.
noun
5.
a strong, sweetened, aromatic alcoholic liquor; liqueur.
6.
a stimulating medicine.
7.
anything that invigorates or exhilarates.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin cordiālis, equivalent to Latin cordi- (stem of cor) heart + -ālis -al1
Related forms
cordially, adverb
cordialness, noun
precordial, adjective
quasi-cordial, adjective
quasi-cordially, adverb
supercordial, adjective
supercordially, adverb
supercordialness, noun
uncordial, adjective
uncordially, adverb
uncordialness, noun
Synonyms
1. affectionate, genial. 2. cheering.
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British Dictionary definitions for precordial

cordial

/ˈkɔːdɪəl/
adjective
1.
warm and friendly: a cordial greeting
2.
giving heart; stimulating
noun
3.
a drink with a fruit base, usually sold in concentrated form and diluted with water before being drunk: lime cordial
4.
another word for liqueur
Derived Forms
cordially, adverb
cordialness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin cordiālis, from Latin cor heart
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Word Origin and History for precordial

cordial

adj.

late 14c., "of the heart," from Middle French cordial, from Medieval Latin cordialis "of or for the heart," from Latin cor (genitive cordis) "heart" (see heart). Meaning "heartfelt, from the heart" is mid-15c. The noun is late 14c., originally "medicine, food, or drink that stimulates the heart." Related: Cordiality.

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Encyclopedia Article for precordial

cordial

a liqueur (q.v.); though the term cordial was formerly used for only those liqueurs that were thought to have a tonic or stimulating quality due to the medicinal components of their flavourings, the terms cordial and liqueur are now used interchangeably.

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