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[ jee-nee-al-i-tee ]


  1. the fact or quality of being warmly and pleasantly cheerful; cordiality:

    Here you will find goodwill and loyalty from a friendly staff, who greet you with genuine northern warmth and geniality.

  2. the fact or quality of being favorable for life, growth, or comfort:

    This part of California combines that geniality of soil and climate essential for the production of a light and highly flavored wine.

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Other Words From

  • o·ver·ge·ni·al·i·ty noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of geniality1

First recorded in 1600–10, for an earlier sense; from Late Latin genialitas, from Latin geniāli(s) genial 1( def ) + -tās -ty 2( def )

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Example Sentences

One night, the genial host actually had on a tie beneath his jacket.

With her toothy smile and genial radiance, utterly void of pretense, Eleanor epitomized grace under pressure, folksy common sense, loyalty to friends and a bedrock belief in American democratic virtues.

Stripped of Borat’s genial imbecility, the general unfunniness and cruelty of the bits become apparent for all to see.

Knowing that the preferred company tone is one of genial informality, for instance, will prevent an errant support assistant from being overly critical.

The angry and defensive manner is replaced by a sincere warmth and geniality.

Might someone have given him a check between September and March to reward him for his overflowing geniality?

There was a sort of geniality and inward fire about him at which I warmed my hands.

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

They are wanting in geniality, and apparently wanting in reflectiveness.

Then, with a misleading geniality: "This idea of restitution seems to me very right and proper."

He wished to stand well with his neighbours, but lacked the geniality which is the very body, the outside expression of humanity.