cor·​dial·​i·​ty | \ ˌkȯr-jē-ˈa-lə-tē How to pronounce cordiality (audio) , kȯr-ˈja- also kȯr-ˈdya- \

Definition of cordiality

: sincere affection and kindness : cordial regard

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Examples of cordiality in a Sentence

everyone appreciated the cordiality and thoughtfulness of the welcoming committee
Recent Examples on the Web This is where the one-size-fits-all cordiality of a massive pop hit begins to feel disorienting. Chris Richards, Washington Post, "Lizzo is everything. Is that enough?," 23 Jan. 2020 But Congress, with its protocols and rituals, was considered a relatively safe space for reporters, where cordiality was prized. Michael M. Grynbaum, New York Times, "Even C-SPAN Is Piqued: Senate Puts Limits on Trial Coverage," 19 Jan. 2020 But after episodes of divisiveness and fragmentation, our conferences have become festivals of cordiality and civility, peppered with forthright and respectful differences of opinion and interpretation. Patty Limerick, The Denver Post, "Limerick: Zuckerberg stands at the great frontier; Western history should guide him," 25 Oct. 2019 By 1793 the oppressed people of Paris had come to hate king and clergy with equal cordiality. Bruce Dale, National Geographic, "Adored, neglected, and restored: A 1968 Nat Geo feature explored Notre Dame," 17 Apr. 2019 That image of cordiality with the backdrop of the palace had been unthinkable until last month, before Sanchez defeated the former prime minister Mariano Rajoy in a parliamentary no confidence vote. Aritz Parra, Fox News, "Spanish, Catalan leaders meet to breach gap over secession," 9 July 2018 That image of cordiality with the backdrop of the palace had been unthinkable until last month, before Sanchez defeated the former prime minister Mariano Rajoy in a parliamentary no confidence vote. Aritz Parra, The Seattle Times, "Spanish, Catalan leaders meet to bridge gap over secession," 9 July 2018 The same cordiality was present when Mineta served as Secretary of Transportation, the only Democrat in President George W. Bush’s cabinet. Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Norman Mineta speaks out at opening night film of S.F. Asian American CAAMFest," 11 May 2018 Few things in life are as suited to the low farce of British pantomime as the Brexit talks, and the two chief negotiators have been going at it with a will since a brief and fleeting moment of cordiality and goodwill at last week’s summit. Geoffrey Smith, Fortune, "Fortune's 32 Blue-Ribbon Companies — CEO Daily, Wednesday 20th December," 20 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of cordiality

1611, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cordiality

cordial entry 1 + -ity, probably after French cordialité or Italian cordialità

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Cite this Entry

“Cordiality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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cor·​di·​al·​i·​ty | \ ˌkȯr-jē-ˈa-lə-tē \

Kids Definition of cordiality

: sincere warmth and kindness

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