Definition of congenial
congenialityplay \kən-ˌjē-nē-ˈa-lə-tē, -ˌjēn-ˈya-\ noun
congeniallyplay \kən-ˈjē-nē-ə-lē, -ˈjēn-yə-\ adverb
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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
The friction is striking, especially when held up against Trump's more congenial time in Riyadh.
Such congenial behavior has also reverberated at key below-14th Street anti-Trump events, where iPhones took a back seat to personal interaction.
No surprise that a Progressive Catholic would not find this congenial.
The bad news is that the states ahead look far more congenial to Mrs. Clinton.
Rarely is the inner life of another so wholly congenial, so perfectly aligned with one’s own sense of self, as is Rochester’s with Jane Eyre’s.
What if the modern, postindustrial economy is simply more congenial to women than to men?
A son named Shane, who in his black-and-white photograph looked like a porcelain doll with onyx marbles for eyes, had a congenial heart defect.
By contrast, the rules of the commissions are congenial to Khan’s testimony.
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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
First Known Use: circa 1625
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
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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