Word of the Day: CONGENIAL


adjective \kən-ˈjē-nē-əl, –ˈjēn-yəl\

: suitable or appropriate

: pleasant and enjoyable

: very friendly

Full Definition of CONGENIAL

:  having the same nature, disposition, or tastes :  kindred <congenial companions>

a :  existing or associated together harmoniously

b :  pleasant; especially :  agreeably suited to one’s nature, tastes, or outlook <a congenial atmosphere>

c :  sociable, genial <a congenial host>

con·ge·nial·i·ty noun
con·ge·nial·ly adverb

Examples of CONGENIAL

  1. The town is a congenial place for raising children.
  2. We studied in the congenial atmosphere of the library.
  3. He found the work to be congenial.
  4. She was congenial and easygoing.
  5. She moved on, leaving behind the world of politics for the more congenial sphere of the arts. —Amy Fine Collins, Vanity Fair, March 2001


com- + genius

First Known Use: circa 1625



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