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[ kuhn-jeen-yuhl ]


  1. agreeable, suitable, or pleasing in nature or character:

    congenial surroundings.

    Synonyms: united, sympathetic, kindred, harmonious, complaisant, pleasing, pleasant, favorable, enjoyable, agreeable

    Antonyms: disagreeable

  2. suited or adapted in spirit, feeling, temper, etc.; compatible:

    a congenial couple.


/ kənˈdʒiːnjəl; -nɪəl; kənˌdʒiːnɪˈælɪtɪ /


  1. friendly, pleasant, or agreeable

    a congenial atmosphere to work in

  2. having a similar disposition, tastes, etc; compatible; sympathetic

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Derived Forms

  • congeniality, noun
  • conˈgenially, adverb

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Other Words From

  • con·ge·ni·al·i·ty [k, uh, n-jee-nee-, al, -i-tee], con·gen·ial·ness noun
  • con·gen·ial·ly adverb
  • pre·con·gen·ial adjective
  • qua·si-con·gen·ial adjective
  • qua·si-con·gen·ial·ly adverb
  • un·con·gen·ial adjective
  • un·con·gen·ial·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of congenial1

First recorded in 1615–25; from Latin con- con- + geni(us) genius + -al 1

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Word History and Origins

Origin of congenial1

C17: from con- (same) + genial 1

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Example Sentences

This is a judicial choice to identify a set of congenial values and insist that they are inscribed in our highest law.

From Time

Last year’s upfront negotiations between TV networks and advertisers and their agencies were relatively congenial.

From Digiday

Anderson runs the bar with “the same industrious, inventive and congenial spirit” as the founders of the town of Clements, the site says.

It’s logical to expect the Taliban to push as far as they can from a position of strength and, if they succeed, to expect a geographical and societal milieu more congenial to terrorists whether the Taliban wishes it or not.

From Ozy

I found that serving under American officers was usually a lot more congenial than under Brits.

She herself represents a congenial mingling of English and Scottish blood.

Initially, the congenial Enzi seemed to be blindsided by the Cheneys.

America needs a strategy to adapt to the faltering strength of its most important and congenial allies.

All the congenial things the three Democratic presidents said are true.

This other by what seems a congenial activity, fascinating as a game of chess, acquires uncounted millions.

The Marshal found himself in the congenial position of absolute ruler of the richest provinces of Spain.

There he might yet live among men of his own race and degree, and of congenial beliefs and occupations.

The Austrian campaign of 1809 called him from these congenial labours to the even more congenial operations of war.

She, however, determined that no earthly power should induce her to marry him, unless she found in him a congenial spirit.


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More About Congenial

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