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congenial

[kuhn-jeen-yuhl]
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adjective
  1. agreeable, suitable, or pleasing in nature or character: congenial surroundings.
  2. suited or adapted in spirit, feeling, temper, etc.; compatible: a congenial couple.
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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

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Related Words

disagreeablediscordantdiscourteousincongruousinharmoniousuncivilunpleasantunsociableasocial

Examples from the Web for uncongenial

Historical Examples

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

    Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete

    Albert Bigelow Paine

  • 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.

    Folkways

    William Graham Sumner

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

    Ladies-In-Waiting

    Kate Douglas Wiggin


British Dictionary definitions for uncongenial

uncongenial

adjective
  1. not friendly, pleasant, or agreeable
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congenial

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

Word Origin

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

adj.

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

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congenial

adj.

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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