V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. good-natured and kind; 2. mild, especially sunny and good for life or growth

Synonyms: pleasant, mild, amicable, amiable, kind, friendly, congenial, warm, favorable

Antonyms: unfriendly, cold, hostile

Tips: Genial refers to something or someone pleasant. The environment can be genial and conducive for growing. A person can be genial and have a pleasant and kind demeanor. Genial, congenial, amiable and amicable all are synonymous when referring to someone's kind and friendly demeanor. In medicine, genial refers to something related to the chin. For a memory trick, note how genial sound like "genie el." Now imagine you have a genie named Ellen, but you call her Genie El. She is always very pleasant and will kindly grant your wishes. Genie El is quite genial.

Usage Examples:

The genial sunshine and mild temperature was ideal for growing a variety of flowers and plants. (mild, favorable)

She was always a genial hostess, treating her guests with kindness and sincere attention. (good-natured, friendly, amicable)

I really like being around him because of his genial demeanor, which always puts me at ease and makes me happy. (good-natured, friendly, amicable)

He is a great person to have as a boss because of his genial manner. (good-natured, friendly, amicable)

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