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genial

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of genial

  1. 1 having an easygoing and pleasing manner especially in social situations a genial host who makes a point of speaking personally to each and every guest Synonyms of genial affable, agreeable, amiable, good-natured, good-tempered, gracious, mellow, nice, pleasant, sweet, well-disposedWords Related to genial amicable, clever [dialect], cordial, friendly, neighborly; benign, gentle, kind; cheerful, cheery, glad [archaic], sunny; companionable, conversable, sociable; civil, considerate, courteous, polite, thoughtful; accommodating, amenable, obliging; attractive, delightful, enjoyable, likable (or likeable)Near Antonyms of genial boorish, discourteous, ill-mannered, impolite, inconsiderate, rude, surly, uncivil, unkind, unmannerly, unsociable; bearish, bilious, cantankerous, choleric, churlish, crabby, cranky, dyspeptic, fussy, grouchy, grumpy, ill-humored, irascible, irritable, peevish, petulant, quick-tempered, snappish, testy, touchy; argumentative, contentious, contrary, ornery, querulous; unappealing, unattractive; sour, vinegaryAntonyms of genial disagreeable, ill-natured, ill-tempered, unamiable, ungenial, ungracious, unpleasant

  2. 2 having or showing kindly feeling and sincere interest genial new neighbors who helped us unpack boxes and brought us dinner our first night in the new place Synonyms of genial amicable, bonhomous, buddy-buddy, chummy, collegial, companionable, comradely, cordial, friendly, hail-fellow, hail-fellow-well-met, hearty, matey [chiefly British], neighborly, palsy, palsy-walsy [slang], warm, warmheartedWords Related to genial affable, agreeable, approachable, good-natured, good-tempered, gracious, nice, sweet; clubby, convivial, folksy, gregarious, hospitable, sociable, social; jolly, jovial, merry; extroverted (also extraverted), outgoing; brotherly, fraternal, sisterly; close, familiar, intimate; adoring, affectionate, devoted, fond, lovesome, loving, tender, tenderheartedNear Antonyms of genial alienated, estranged; chilly, cold, cold-blooded, cool, frigid, frosty, glacial, icy, wintry (also wintery); unsociable, unsocial; aggressive, argumentative, bellicose, belligerent, combative, contentious, disputatious, pugnacious, quarrelsome, scrappy, truculent; inhospitable, inimicalAntonyms of genial antagonistic, hostile, unfriendly

  3. 3 showing a natural kindness and courtesy especially in social situations his genial offer to give me his seat on the bus Synonyms of genial affable, cordial, gracious, hospitable, sociableWords Related to genial agreeable, amiable, benign, benignant, congenial, convivial, friendly, kind, kindly, neighborly; accommodating, obliging; considerate, courteous, polite, thoughtful; cosmopolitan, sophisticated, urbane; approachable, attentive, outgoingNear Antonyms of genial boorish, churlish; abrupt, blunt, brusque (also brusk), curt, gruff, sharp, snippy; antisocial, disagreeable, discourteous, ill-mannered, impolite, rude, sullen, surly, uncivil, unfriendly, unkind, unmannerly; crabbed, crabby, cross, crusty, grumpyAntonyms of genial inhospitable, ungenial, ungracious, unsociable

  4. 4 marked by temperatures that are neither too high nor too low wanted to move to a more genial clime for health reasons Synonyms of genial balmy, equable, clement, gentle, mild, moderate, soft, temperateWords Related to genial clear, cloudless, fair, rainless, sunny, sunshiny; calm, halcyon, peaceful, placid, tranquil; delightful, fine, pleasantNear Antonyms of genial blustering, blustery, breezy, gusty, rough, squally, stormy, windy; misty, rainy, showery; bleak, cloudy, dismal, foggy, gloomy, gray (also grey), hazy, overcast, sunless; bitter, dirty, foul, nasty, rawAntonyms of genial harsh, inclement, intemperate, severe

Synonym Discussion of genial

gracious, cordial, affable, genial, sociable mean markedly pleasant and easy in social intercourse. gracious implies courtesy and kindly consideration.
    • the gracious award winner thanked her colleagues
cordial stresses warmth and heartiness.
    • our host was cordial as he greeted us
affable implies easy approachability and readiness to respond pleasantly to conversation or requests or proposals.
    • though wealthy, she was affable to all
genial stresses cheerfulness and even joviality.
    • a genial companion with a ready quip
sociable suggests a genuine liking for the companionship of others.
    • sociable people who enjoy entertaining


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