[ kawr-jal-i-tee, kawr-jee-al- or, especially British, -dee-al- ]
/ kɔrˈdʒæl ɪ ti, ˌkɔr dʒiˈæl- or, especially British, -diˈæl- /
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Definition of cordiality

noun, plural cor·dial·i·ties for 2.
cordial quality or feeling.
an expression of cordial feeling.
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Origin of cordiality

First recorded in 1590–1600; cordial + -ity


un·cor·dial·i·ty, noun
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What does cordiality mean?

Cordiality is the quality of being cordial—friendly and polite.

Cordial is used to describe people and their behavior toward others in social situations, especially when they do not know each other well.

A cordial greeting is a warm and friendly one, especially one intended to make someone feel welcome. When you treat people with cordiality, you treat them with a sincere friendliness and warmth.

Example: Even when I don’t like my coworkers, I try to treat them with cordiality. 

Where does cordiality come from?

The first records of the word cordiality come from around 1600. Its base word, cordial, comes from the Medieval Latin word cordiālis, from the Latin cor, meaning “heart.” The suffix -ity is used to form abstract nouns.

Cordial is most commonly used to mean warm and friendly in a way that’s from the heart—sincere. Someone who’s described as cordial is probably interacting with someone whom they don’t know very well—since it’s usually a given that you’re warm and friendly with people who are already your friends. Cordiality is often used in the same way as civility, and it’s especially used in the context of treating people with respect even when you disagree with them.

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How is cordiality used in real life?

Cordiality is most commonly used to refer to the quality of someone who is being sincerely friendly to a person who they don’t know too well, even a person they don’t like.



Try using cordiality!

Which of the following words is an antonym (opposite) of cordiality?

A. friendliness
B. warmth
C. happiness
D. rudeness

How to use cordiality in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for cordiality

/ (ˌkɔːdɪˈælɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties
warmth of feeling
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