agreeable, suitable, or pleasing in nature or character: congenial surroundings.
suited or adapted in spirit, feeling, temper, etc.; compatible: a congenial couple.

Origin of congenial

1615–25; < Latin con- con- + geni(us) genius + -al1
Related formscon·ge·ni·al·i·ty [kuhn-jee-nee-al-i-tee] /kənˌdʒi niˈæl ɪ ti/, con·gen·ial·ness, nouncon·gen·ial·ly, adverbpre·con·gen·ial, adjectivequa·si-con·gen·ial, adjectivequa·si-con·gen·ial·ly, adverbun·con·gen·ial, adjectiveun·con·gen·ial·ly, adverbun·con·ge·ni·al·i·ty, noun

Synonyms for congenial

Antonyms for congenial Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for uncongenial

Historical Examples of uncongenial

  • Mark Twain's position on the 'Call' was uncongenial from the start.

  • This is the kind of discord I have to bear, corresponding to your uncongenial company.

    Hortus Inclusus

    John Ruskin

  • Stephanie could not refuse, though her errand was uncongenial.

  • They could not even realize their own plan of life in the midst of uncongenial mores.


    William Graham Sumner

  • Laura has no one but an uncongenial stepmother, and that is the reason we are so intimate.


    Kate Douglas Wiggin

British Dictionary definitions for uncongenial



not friendly, pleasant, or agreeable



friendly, pleasant, or agreeablea congenial atmosphere to work in
having a similar disposition, tastes, etc; compatible; sympathetic
Derived Formscongeniality (kənˌdʒiːnɪˈælɪtɪ) or congenialness, nouncongenially, adverb

Word Origin for congenial

C17: from con- (same) + genial 1
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Word Origin and History for uncongenial

1749, from un- (1) "not" + congenial.



1620s, "kindred, sympathetic," from Latin com- "together" (see com-) + genialis "of birth," thus, "kindred" (see genus). Sense of "agreeable" is first recorded 1711. Related: Congeniality.

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