genial

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[jeen-yuhl, jee-nee-uhl]
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adjective
  1. warmly and pleasantly cheerful; cordial: a genial disposition; a genial host.
  2. favorable for life, growth, or comfort; pleasantly warm; comfortably mild: the genial climate of Hawaii.
  3. characterized by genius.

Origin of genial

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1560–70; < Latin geniālis festive, jovial, pleasant, equivalent to geni(us) tutelary deity, the spirit of social enjoyment + -ālis -al1
Related formsgen·ial·ly, adverbge·ni·al·i·ty [jee-nee-al-i-tee] /ˌdʒi niˈæl ɪ ti/, gen·ial·ness, nouno·ver·ge·ni·al·i·ty, noun

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Examples from the Web for geniality

Contemporary Examples of geniality

Historical Examples of geniality

  • She sympathised with it now, for a little comfort had restored her geniality.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • It was months since Natt had witnessed such an access of geniality on Paul's part.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • Rubinstein was all courtesy, all geniality, all encouragement.

    The Genius

    Margaret Horton Potter

  • As he advanced to me his manner was almost urbane in its geniality.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

  • The ruddy countenance of the pumpkin was the very picture of geniality.

    By the Christmas Fire

    Samuel McChord Crothers


British Dictionary definitions for geniality

genial

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adjective
  1. cheerful, easy-going, and warm in manner or behaviour
  2. pleasantly warm, so as to give life, growth, or healththe genial sunshine
Derived Formsgeniality (ˌdʒiːnɪˈælɪtɪ) or genialness, noungenially, adverb

Word Origin for genial

C16: from Latin geniālis relating to birth or marriage, from genius tutelary deity; see genius

genial

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adjective
  1. anatomy of or relating to the chin

Word Origin for genial

C19: from Greek geneion, from genus jaw
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Word Origin and History for geniality
n.

c.1600, "festivity;" 1650s, "cheerfulness," from Late Latin genialitas "festivity, pleasantness," from Latin genialis (see genial).

genial

adj.

1560s, "pertaining to marriage," from Latin genialis "pleasant, festive," literally "pertaining to marriage rites," from genius "guardian spirit" (see genius). Originally used in the Latin literal sense; meaning "cheerful, friendly" first recorded 1746. Related: Genially.

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geniality in Medicine

genial

[jĭ-nīəl]
adj.
  1. Of or relating to the chin.
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