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congenial (kənˈdʒiːnjəl ; -nɪəl) 



  1. friendly, pleasant, or agreeable   ⇒  ■ a congenial atmosphere to work in
  2. having a similar disposition, tastes, etc; compatible; sympathetic

Derived Forms

congeniality (kənˌdʒiːnɪˈælɪtɪ , or conˈgenialness  noun
conˈgenially  adverb

Word Origin

C17: from con- (same) + genial1

Translations for 'congenial'

  • British English: congenial A congenial person, place, or environment is pleasant. ADJECTIVEHe is back in more congenial company.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: afável
  • Chinese: 令人愉快的
  • European Spanish: agradable
  • French: agréable
  • German: ansprechend
  • Italian: piacevole
  • Japanese: 心地よい
  • Korean: 쾌적한
  • Portuguese: afável
  • Spanish: agradable

Example Sentences Including 'congenial'

My sister could not have had a more congenial day for her farewell.
Secombe, Fred Goodbye Curate
This world we find congenial , a paradise in comparison to our old.
Asimov, Isaac The Complete Stories Volume 2
She had never found Peter Jaspert particularly congenial , yet she felt perfectly at home here tonight.
Thomas, Rosie The White Dove


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