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Examples of congenial in a Sentence
- She moved on, leaving behind the world of politics for the more congenial sphere of the arts. —Amy Fine Collins, Vanity Fair, March 2001
- Jackson may walk up to home plate with the cool strut of a superstar, but off the field he is warm and congenial. —Peter Gammons, Sports Illustrated, 12 June 1989
- 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 Diary, 1970
The town is a congenial place for raising children.
We studied in the congenial atmosphere of the library.
He found the work to be congenial.
She was congenial and easygoing.
Recent Examples of congenial from the Web
Any chance of these sisters having a congenial relationship went out the window when Arya discovered the letter Sansa wrote to their brother and mother in season one urging them to pledge allegiance to King Joffrey.
The forces that brought the five musicians together in a Stevens Point living room in 2010 were as much congenial as musical.
But the Budget Committee's discussion and vote were congenial compared to the contentious U of L board of trustees meeting last month.
The 1966 opening of SPAC, known as one of the more congenial semi-outdoor venues in the Northeast, was exactly that.
Keith Hensel possesses a sixth sense for taming the Maillaird reaction and a congenial manner for proselytizing his solution.
WASHINGTON -- Ralph S. Regula, a congenial gentleman farmer from the Canton area who channeled reams of federal money to Northeast Ohio during a 36-year congressional career, has died.
Aaron, wanting a congenial environment in which to write, went to Chiang Mai first.
The congenial mixologist poured me a Buck Hunt, a mezcal, fig jam and rosemary cocktail that tasted like Thanksgiving.
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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
First Known Use: circa 1625See Words from the same year
Synonymsagreeable, 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
Antonymsdisagreeable, pleasureless, unpalatable, unpleasant, unwelcome
Related Wordsalluring, 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 Antonymsabominable, 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
Definition of congenial for English Language Learners
: suitable or appropriate
: pleasant and enjoyable
: very friendly
CONGENIAL Defined for Kids
Definition of congenial for Students
- “We are quite as congenial as flies and honey.”
- —L. Frank Baum, The Marvelous Land of Oz
- congenial work
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