congenial

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

Definition of congenial

1 :having the same nature, disposition, or tastes :kindred
  • congenial companions
2 a :existing or associated together harmoniously
b :pleasant; especially :agreeably suited to one's nature, tastes, or outlook
  • a congenial atmosphere
c :sociable, genial
  • a congenial host

congeniality

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congenially

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Examples of congenial in a Sentence

  1. She moved on, leaving behind the world of politics for the more congenial sphere of the arts. —Amy Fine CollinsVanity FairMarch 2001
  2. Jackson may walk up to home plate with the cool strut of a superstar, but off the field he is warm and congenial. —Peter GammonsSports Illustrated12 June 1989
  3. It turned out to be, for me, one of the most congenial and, in a way, lustrous gatherings that I have ever had in the White House. —Lady Bird Johnson 4 May 1965, in A White House Diary1970
  4. The town is a congenial place for raising children.

  5. We studied in the congenial atmosphere of the library.

  6. He found the work to be congenial.

  7. She was congenial and easygoing.

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The History of congenial is Spiritual

According to ancient Roman and Greek mythology, each person at birth was assigned a guardian spirit. The Latin name for this attendant spirit was genius. Two people who get along well together can be thought of as sharing a similar spirit; they might even be described by a word combining the Latin prefix com- (meaning "with, together") and genius. And, indeed, it was this com-genius combination that gave rise in the 17th century to the English word congenial. (The Greek word for the guardian spirit, daimōn, gave us eudaemonia, meaning "well-being" or "happiness," but that word is extremely rare.)

Origin and Etymology of congenial

com- + genius

congenial Synonyms

Synonyms
agreeable, blessed (also blest), pleasant, darling, delectable, delicious, delightful, delightsome, dreamy, dulcet, enjoyable, felicitous, good, grateful, gratifying, heavenly, jolly, luscious, nice, palatable, pleasing, pleasurable, pretty, satisfying, savory (also savoury), sweet, tasty, welcome
Antonyms
disagreeable, pleasureless, unpalatable, unpleasant, unwelcome
Related Words
alluring, attractive, desirable, enviable, inviting, relishable, tempting; charming, enchanting, fascinating; calming, comforting, soothing; amusing, diverting, entertaining, recreative; affable, amiable, cheerful, cheery, comfortable, gemütlich, genial, goodly, good-natured, gracious, hospitable, kindly, personable; blissful, felicific, glad, happy, joyous; elating, exhilarating, intoxicating; ecstatic, euphoric, nirvanic, rapturous
Near Antonyms
abominable, ghastly, god-awful, hellish, horrid, miserable, wretched; bilious, disgusting, distasteful, obnoxious, offensive, repellent (also repellant), repugnant, repulsive, revulsive, unsavory, vile, yucky (also yukky); abhorrent, detestable, hateful, odious; boring, commonplace, dull, flat, insipid, irksome, stale, tedious; displeasing, dissatisfying; depressing, disheartening, dismal, dreary, gloomy, heartbreaking, heartrending, joyless, lachrymose, sad, unhappy; deplorable, doleful, dolorous, lamentable, lugubrious, mournful, regrettable, sorrowful, tragic (also tragical); aggravating, annoying, exasperating, irritating, peeving, perturbing, vexing; forbidding; hostile, intimidating; angering, enraging, incensing, inflaming (also enflaming), infuriating, maddening, outraging, rankling, riling; distressing, disturbing, upsetting

CONGENIAL Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of congenial for English Language Learners

  • : suitable or appropriate

  • : pleasant and enjoyable

  • : very friendly


CONGENIAL Defined for Kids

congenial

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adjective con·ge·nial \ kən-ˈjē-nyəl \

Definition of congenial for Students

1 :alike or sympathetic in nature, disposition, or tastes
2 :existing together in harmony
  • “We are quite as congenial as flies and honey.”
  • —L. Frank Baum, The Marvelous Land of Oz
3 :tending to please or satisfy
  • congenial work
4 :friendly 1


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