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congeniality

[ kuhn-jee-nee-al-i-tee ]
/ kənˌdʒi niˈæl ɪ ti /
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noun
the quality of being agreeable, suitable, or pleasant: The guest rooms combine the very latest in technology with the best facilities, comfort, and congeniality.
the quality of being well-matched or agreeable to each other; compatibility: In later years, the two men’s friendship was cemented by their intellectual and religious congeniality.
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Origin of congeniality

OTHER WORDS FROM congeniality

un·con·ge·ni·al·i·ty, noun
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What does congeniality mean?

Congeniality is the quality of being pleasant and agreeable.

Someone who’s known for their congeniality is friendly, nice, and easy to get along with. Such a person can be described as congenial.

The word congeniality is typically used to refer to a quality of a person, but it can also be used to refer to the quality of a situation or environment, as in We try to maintain a sense of congeniality and camaraderie in the office. 

Less commonly, congeniality can refer to the quality of being well matched, as in It’s a friendship based on congeniality—they share several interests. The word compatibility is a close synonym of this sense of congeniality.

Example: Jess is known around town for her congeniality—she has a kind word for everyone she meets.

Where does congeniality come from?

The first records of the word congeniality come from the 1600s. The suffix -ity is used in nouns to indicate a state or condition. The base word, congenial, is 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 congeniality and geniality can be used as synonyms. The title Miss Congeniality refers to an award given in some pageants to the contestant voted as having the most pleasant personality. It’s also sometimes used in a figurative way to refer to a person who is being extra friendly or in an ironic way to someone who is being disagreeable.

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What are some other forms related to congeniality?

  • uncongeniality (noun)
  • congenial (adjective)

What are some synonyms for congeniality?

What are some words that share a root or word element with congeniality

What are some words that often get used in discussing congeniality?

How is congeniality used in real life?

Congeniality is always used in a positive way. A lot of people know the word from the title Miss Congeniality (which is also the name of a movie).

Try using congeniality!

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

A. affability

B. conviviality

C. incompatibility

D. geniality

How to use congeniality in a sentence

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