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Saturday, May 17, 2003

Definitions for genial

  1. [Obsolete] Pertaining to generation or marriage.
  2. Friendly, warm; kindly; sympathetically cheerful and cheering.
  3. Mild, pleasant; comfortable; favorable to life or growth.

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Citations for genial
The day before the operation, despite his paralysis, he had been his usual genial self, laughing and joking. Ruth Brandon, Surreal Lives
Though the tattoo is rather forbidding, belying Giambi's genial nature, his teammates are all in favor of it. , San Francisco Chronicle
Origin of genial
1560-1570
Genial comes from Latin genialis, "relating to enjoyment; joyful," from genius, "guardian spirit; spirit of enjoyment."