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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 uncongenial
Historical Examples
  • Mark Twain's position on the 'Call' was uncongenial from the start.

  • This is the kind of discord I have to bear, corresponding to your uncongenial company.

    Hortus Inclusus John Ruskin
  • Stephanie could not refuse, though her errand was uncongenial.

  • They could not even realize their own plan of life in the midst of uncongenial mores.

    Folkways

    William Graham Sumner
  • Laura has no one but an uncongenial stepmother, and that is the reason we are so intimate.

    Ladies-In-Waiting Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • The twentieth century is uncongenial to anything of that sort.

    The Mystery of the Green Ray William Le Queux
  • His private happiness was marred by an uncongenial marriage.

    The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1 Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • The few boarding houses were crowded, and with an uncongenial lot as a rule.

    A Wounded Name Charles King
  • Queen Mab and the Owl found him uncongenial, and flew away again.

    'That Very Mab' May Kendall and Andrew Lang
  • The whole production appears like a forced and uncongenial effort.

    Due West

    Maturin Murray Ballou
British Dictionary definitions for uncongenial

uncongenial

/ˌʌnkənˈdʒiːnjəl; -nɪəl/
adjective
1.
not friendly, pleasant, or agreeable

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 uncongenial
adj.

1749, from un- (1) "not" + congenial.

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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