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;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
< Latin con- con-
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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.
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.
Laura has no one but an uncongenial stepmother, and that is the reason we are so intimate.
British Dictionary definitions for uncongenial
not friendly, pleasant, or agreeable
Derived Formscongeniality (kənˌdʒiːnɪˈælɪtɪ) or congenialness, nouncongenially, adverb
friendly, pleasant, or agreeablea congenial atmosphere to work in
having a similar disposition, tastes, etc; compatible; sympathetic
Word Origin for congenial
C17: from con- (same) + genial 1
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Word Origin and History for uncongenial
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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