con·​ge·​nial·​i·​ty kən-ˌjē-nē-ˈa-lə-tē How to pronounce congeniality (audio)
: friendly concern, interest, and support : the quality or state of being congenial
a workplace atmosphere of respect and congeniality
In the mind of the voter, compromise and congeniality between the left and the right is as much a strategic choice as a genuine flourishing of good feelings …Shervin Malekzadeh
Her enthusiasm, originality, congeniality, and effective leadership have served to expand the library's value to the community and its public outreach.Vincent Andrunas

Examples of congeniality in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In her 25 years on the bench, she was known for her congeniality and independence. Alexandra Hutzler, ABC News, 19 Dec. 2023 What makes Pence so puzzling is a devotion to ideals (Christian faith, country, family) that dances uneasily with ambition and congeniality. T.a. Frank, Washington Post, 28 June 2023 See all Example Sentences for congeniality 

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'congeniality.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1620, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of congeniality was in 1620

Dictionary Entries Near congeniality

Cite this Entry

“Congeniality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

More from Merriam-Webster on congeniality

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!