[ kuhn-jeen-yuhl ]
See synonyms for: congenialcongenialitycongenialness on

  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

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

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Other words from congenial

  • con·ge·ni·al·i·ty [kuhn-jee-nee-al-i-tee], /kənˌdʒi niˈæl ɪ ti/, 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use congenial in a sentence

  • There is plenty of room for his hat, there is a congenially aggressive spirit against Rome and it slightly irritates Ma.

    A Student in Arms | Donald Hankey
  • What could have been more congenially adapted to their then woful condition?

British Dictionary definitions for congenial


/ (kənˈdʒiːnjəl, -nɪəl) /

  1. friendly, pleasant, or agreeable: a congenial atmosphere to work in

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

Origin of congenial

C17: from con- (same) + genial 1

Derived forms of congenial

  • congeniality (kənˌdʒiːnɪˈælɪtɪ) or congenialness, noun
  • congenially, adverb

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