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congenial (kənˈdʒiːnjəl Pronunciation for congenial ; -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 Pronunciation for congeniality , 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'

A sense of humour helps since it conveys confidence apart from making a leader's interactions with the members of his team congenial.
Business Today (2002)
And yet I have an idea that I do not do as good work when I am having so congenial a time.
Pamela Petro THE SLOW BREATH OF STONE: A Romanesque Love Story (2005)
Bringing in British ministers is partly designed to make the corporate assembly less congenial for Sinn Fein.
Times, Sunday Times (2004)
But it's easy to spend 80 quid and find yourself in far less congenial surroundings for a night.
Times, Sunday Times (2004)
My sister could not have had a more congenial day for her farewell.
Secombe, Fred Goodbye Curate
Over on Channel 9 there's the annual shindig from Melbourne with Ray Martin as the congenial host.
Courier, Sunday Mail (2004)
She had never found Peter Jaspert particularly congenial , yet she felt perfectly at home here tonight.
Thomas, Rosie The White Dove
The typical English line, as Fenton asserts, is the iambic pentameter, which is both ideal in length and congenial to the ear.
Globe and Mail (2003)
This world we find congenial , a paradise in comparison to our old.
Asimov, Isaac The Complete Stories Volume 2


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