- warmly and pleasantly cheerful; cordial: a genial disposition; a genial host.
- favorable for life, growth, or comfort; pleasantly warm; comfortably mild: the genial climate of Hawaii.
- characterized by genius.
Origin of genial1
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Examples from the Web for geniality
The angry and defensive manner is replaced by a sincere warmth and geniality.Rediscovering Richard Dawkins: An Interview
September 23, 2013
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
- cheerful, easy-going, and warm in manner or behaviour
- pleasantly warm, so as to give life, growth, or healththe genial sunshine
- anatomy of or relating to the chin
Word Origin and History for geniality
c.1600, "festivity;" 1650s, "cheerfulness," from Late Latin genialitas "festivity, pleasantness," from Latin genialis (see genial).
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.
- Of or relating to the chin.