[jeen-yuhl, jee-nee-uhl]
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  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

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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Contemporary Examples of genially

  • I'd guess they told him to come across as genially disappointed, more-in-sorrow-than-in-anger, and he kind of went off the rails.

  • As the genially malevolent talking head considers a bid for the presidency, a lot of people are asking themselves that question.

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    A Populist Frankenstein

    Lee Siegel

    November 26, 2009

Historical Examples of genially

  • How calmly and genially the mind apprehends one after another the laws of physics!


    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "It's the way we're taught at school," he hazarded, genially.

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

  • Judy,” says I, most genially, “is you ever tasted roast veal?

  • "Look about to your heart's content, my dear," she said genially.

    The Carroll Girls

    Mabel Quiller-Couch

  • "We'll tek a turn at Haydn now, lads," said the host, genially.

    Aunt Rachel

    David Christie Murray

British Dictionary definitions for genially


  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


  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 genially



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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genially in Medicine


  1. Of or relating to the chin.
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