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congenial

[kuh n-jeen-yuh l] /kənˈdʒin yəl/
adjective
1.
agreeable, suitable, or pleasing in nature or character:
congenial surroundings.
2.
suited or adapted in spirit, feeling, temper, etc.; compatible:
a congenial couple.
Origin of congenial
1615-1625
1615-25; < Latin con- con- + geni(us) genius + -al1
Related forms
congeniality
[kuh n-jee-nee-al-i-tee] /kənˌdʒi niˈæl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
congenialness, noun
congenially, adverb
precongenial, adjective
quasi-congenial, adjective
quasi-congenially, adverb
uncongenial, adjective
uncongenially, adverb
uncongeniality, noun
Synonyms
1. favorable, pleasant, complaisant, sympathetic.
Antonyms
1, 2. disagreeable.
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Examples from the Web for congenial
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  • I often tell her that they are, after all, her most congenial associates.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • From the hush of these places, it is congenial to pass into the hushed resorts of business.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • Praise is congenial to every human sense; the voice of praise is ever grateful to the ear of virtue.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • The song had begun with celebrating a theme, that must for ever be congenial to every female breast.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • These Artauds flourish in it all, as on a congenial dungheap.

British Dictionary definitions for congenial

congenial

/kənˈdʒiːnjəl; -nɪəl/
adjective
1.
friendly, pleasant, or agreeable: a congenial atmosphere to work in
2.
having a similar disposition, tastes, etc; compatible; sympathetic
Derived Forms
congeniality (kənˌdʒiːnɪˈælɪtɪ), congenialness, noun
congenially, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from con- (same) + genial1
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Word Origin and History for congenial
adj.

1620s, "kindred, sympathetic," from Latin com- "together" (see com-) + genialis "of birth," thus, "kindred" (see genus). Sense of "agreeable" is first recorded 1711. Related: Congeniality.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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