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genial

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adjective ge·nial \ˈjēn-yəl, ˈjē-nē-əl\

Definition of genial

  1. 1 obsolete :  of or relating to marriage or generation <the genial bed — John Milton>

  2. 2 obsolete :  inborn, native

  3. 3 a :  favorable to growth or comfort :  mild <genial sunshine> b :  marked by or diffusing sympathy or friendliness <your genial host>

  4. 4 :  displaying or marked by genius

ge·nial·i·ty play \ˌjē-nē-ˈa-lə-tē, jēn-ˈyal-\ noun
ge·nial·ly play \ˈjēn-yə-lē\ adverb


Origin of genial

Latin genialis, from genius


First Known Use: 1566

Synonym Discussion of genial

gracious, cordial, affable, genial, sociable mean markedly pleasant and easy in social intercourse. gracious implies courtesy and kindly consideration <the gracious award winner thanked her colleagues>. cordial stresses warmth and heartiness <our host was cordial as he greeted us>. affable implies easy approachability and readiness to respond pleasantly to conversation or requests or proposals <though wealthy, she was affable to all>. genial stresses cheerfulness and even joviality <a genial companion with a ready quip>. sociable suggests a genuine liking for the companionship of others <sociable people who enjoy entertaining>.

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genial

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adjective ge·ni·al \ji-ˈnī(-ə)l\

Definition of genial

  1. :  of or relating to the chin



Origin of genial

Greek geneion chin, from genys jaw — more at chin


First Known Use: 1831


GENIALITY Defined for Kids

geniality

noun ge·nial·i·ty \ˌjē-nē-ˈa-lə-tē, jēn-ˈya-\

Definition of geniality

  1. :  a cheerful and pleasant way of acting <Her geniality put the guests at ease.>




Medical Dictionary

genial

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adjective ge·ni·al \ji-ˈnī(-ə)l\

Medical Definition of genial

  1. :  of or relating to the chin





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