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agreeable, suitable, or pleasing in nature or character: congenial surroundings.
suited or adapted in spirit, feeling, temper, etc.; compatible: a congenial couple.



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Origin of congenial

First recorded in 1615–25; from Latin con- con- + geni(us) genius + -al1


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What does congenial mean?

Congenial means friendly, pleasant, or agreeable. Someone who’s congenial is easy to get along with.

It’s especially used to describe people and their personalities, but it can also describe atmospheres marked by friendliness, as in a congenial workplace.

The noun congeniality refers to the quality of being congenial.

Less commonly, congenial can mean well suited or well matched, as in It’s a very congenial friendship—they share several interests. The word compatible is a close synonym of this sense of congenial.

Example: You won’t find a more congenial person than Jess—she has a kind word for everyone she meets.

Where does congenial come from?

The first records of the word congenial come from the 1600s. It’s essentially a combination of con-, meaning “same” or “together,” and genial, meaning “warmly and pleasantly cheerful,” from the Latin geniālis, “festive, jovial, pleasant.”

The words congenial and genial can be used as synonyms. Similar adjectives are affable, amiable, convivial, and cordial. A person who’s considered congenial usually isn’t just friendly and pleasant when they have to be or when it suits them—they’re friendly and pleasant all the time.

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How is congenial used in real life?

Congenial is always used in a positive way. It’s especially used to describe a friendly person’s personality or a friendly atmosphere.

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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of congenial?

A. affable

B. convivial

C. incompatible

D. genial

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British Dictionary definitions for congenial

/ (kənˈdʒiːnjəl, -nɪəl) /


friendly, pleasant, or agreeablea congenial atmosphere to work in
having a similar disposition, tastes, etc; compatible; sympathetic

Derived forms of congenial

congeniality (kənˌdʒiːnɪˈælɪtɪ) or congenialness, nouncongenially, adverb

Word Origin for congenial

C17: from con- (same) + genial 1
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