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 formscon·ge·ni·al·i·ty [kuhn-jee-nee-al-i-tee] /kənˌdʒi niˈæl ɪ ti/, con·gen·ial·ness, nouncon·gen·ial·ly, adverbpre·con·gen·ial, adjectivequa·si-con·gen·ial, adjectivequa·si-con·gen·ial·ly, adverbun·con·gen·ial, adjectiveun·con·gen·ial·ly, adverbun·con·ge·ni·al·i·ty, noun

Synonyms for congenial

Antonyms for congenial Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of congenial

Historical Examples of congenial

  • I often tell her that they are, after all, her most congenial associates.


    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

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

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


    William Godwin

  • Praise is congenial to every human sense; the voice of praise is ever grateful to the ear of virtue.


    William Godwin

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

British Dictionary definitions for congenial



friendly, pleasant, or agreeablea congenial atmosphere to work in
having a similar disposition, tastes, etc; compatible; sympathetic
Derived Formscongeniality (kənˌdʒiːnɪˈælɪtɪ) or congenialness, nouncongenially, adverb

Word Origin for congenial

C17: from con- (same) + genial 1
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Word Origin and History for congenial

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.

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