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[kuh n-jeen-yuh l] /kənˈdʒin yəl/
agreeable, suitable, or pleasing in nature or character:
congenial surroundings.
suited or adapted in spirit, feeling, temper, etc.; compatible:
a congenial couple.
Origin of congenial
1615-25; < Latin con- con- + geni(us) genius + -al1
Related forms
[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
1. favorable, pleasant, complaisant, sympathetic.
1, 2. disagreeable. Unabridged
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  • Producing and non-producing classes can never be congenially associated.

    Usury Calvin Elliott
  • Certainly not the hard words they used so readily and congenially.

  • He reached his destination without remark, and found it congenially dreary.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
  • Everything else in his surroundings smiled most congenially.

    Life of Charles Dickens Frank Marzials
  • In contrast with the conductors dourness the train butchers mood was congenially inclined to persiflage.

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
  • Happily unconscious of any dark conspiracies against her welfare, Marjories last night at the Hall was congenially spent.

  • We are to “work in to one another,” smoothly, congenially, in a frictionless peace.

  • These two were congenially alike in their careless indifference to the minor details of life.

    The Life of Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson Nellie van De Grift Sanchez
  • There is plenty of room for his hat, there is a congenially aggressive spirit against Rome and it slightly irritates Ma.

    A Student in Arms Donald Hankey
British Dictionary definitions for congenially


/kənˈdʒiːnjəl; -nɪəl/
friendly, pleasant, or agreeable: a congenial atmosphere to work in
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 congenially



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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