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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n geniality a disposition to be friendly and approachable (easy to talk to)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Geniality The quality of being genial; sympathetic cheerfulness; warmth of disposition and manners.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n geniality The state or quality of being genial; especially, sympathetic cheerfulness or cordiality.
    • n geniality Synonyms Warmth, affability, friendliness, heartiness.
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  • Robertson Davies
    “The greatest gift that Oxford gives her sons is, I truly believe, a genial irreverence toward learning, and from that irreverence love may spring.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Example sheds a genial ray which men are apt to borrow, so first improve yourself today, and then your friends tomorrow.”
  • Walter Bagehot
    “A slight daily unconscious luxury is hardly ever wanting to the dwellers in civilization; like the gentle air of a genial climate, it is a perpetual minute enjoyment.”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    “Sweet is the scene where genial friendship plays the pleasing game of interchanging praise.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. genialitas,


In literature:

The fresh, smiling, genial face of the young man met her there.
"Ishmael" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
To the surprise of the club, our genial visitor neither shrank nor quailed.
"Plum Pudding" by Christopher Morley
He had visited them when they were sick, and brought sympathy to their afflictions, and a genial presence when they were well.
"The Strength of Gideon and Other Stories" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
The Chevalier sighed as he continued to absorb the genial heat of the water.
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
Mr. Hamilton was unusually genial this morning.
"Uncle Max" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
Hartmut has one of those attractive, genial natures, which wins upon all who know him.
"The Northern Light" by E. Werner
They found in him a hearty, genial, and unselfish friend.
"Adèle Dubois" by Mrs. William T. Savage
Plants in the open ground need no such attention if they are in good health and the season is at all genial.
"The Culture of Vegetables and Flowers From Seeds and Roots, 16th Edition" by Sutton and Sons
The afternoon wore rapidly and pleasantly away in the genial society of our wayside friends.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. II. July, 1862. No. 1." by Various
He was young, handsome, accomplished, genial and winning in conversation and manner.
"A Short Life of Abraham Lincoln" by John G. Nicolay
They took care that so genuine and genial a poet should not starve.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
Montoya, ordinarily genial, was a hard master to please.
"The Ridin' Kid from Powder River" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
Added to all this, McArthur was a good neighbour, a kind friend, a genial companion, and a succourer of those in need of help.
"The Empire Annual for Girls, 1911" by Various
He lifted his hat with a genial bow.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
He had a very genial disposition, and a charitable heart; but was impulsive, and was very strong in his resentments.
"Personal Recollections of Birmingham and Birmingham Men" by E. Edwards
Poliziano incarnated the genial, radiant, godless spirit of fifteenth-century humanism.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
I acknowledge him great, but cannot feel him genial.
"Charlotte Bronte and Her Circle" by Clement K. Shorter
He was chatting quite genially with some of the crowd.
"The Young Visiters or, Mr. Salteena's Plan" by Daisy Ashford
It took her breath away, the beauty of it; and the sense and genial warmth of it.
"The Angel of Terror" by Edgar Wallace
This pressure is so applied that a genial heat arises along the whole spinal column.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk

In poetry:

Shown as a beauteous wonder there,
By beauty's hands to beauty's eyes,
Breathing what mimic art supplies,
The genial glow of sun-warm air.
"The Meetings Of The Flowers" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
I. 'Tis said, "that friendship's but a name;"
To this my heart can ne'er agree,
Because I feel its genial flame
To shed an influence over me;
"" 'Tis said, that friendship's but a name." " by Mary Ann Carter
For, in an unseen current runs,
From heart to heart, from soul to soul,
Thy force, like heat from genial suns,
To permeate and warm the whole.
"Sympathy" by Thomas Frederick Young
The land of poetry and mirth,
Of orators and statesmen, too,
To one more genial, ne'er gave birth,
Than when, gay Moore, it brought forth you.
"Thomas Moore" by Thomas Frederick Young
Hence till the mist and fog had fled;
Until the morning rays had spread
Her genial rays o'er land and tide,
My anchored bark doth proudly ride.
"Descriptive Voyage From New York To Aspinwall" by James Madison Bell
Ye fragrant clouds of dewy steam,
By which deep grove and tangled stream
Pay, for soft rains in season given,
Their tribute to the genial heaven; -
"Morning" by John Keble

In news:

Jack Morris was a genial gentleman.
ROCHESTER, N.Y.—Carmen Basilio, a genial onion farmer's son who wrested the world middleweight boxing crown from Sugar Ray Robinson in 1957 and lost an equally epic, razor-edge rematch six months later, died Wednesday at age 85.
(AP) — Carmen Basilio, a genial onion farmer's son with a malevolent left hook who wrested the world middleweight boxing crown from Sugar Ray Robinson in 1957, has died.
(AP) — Carmen Basilio, a genial onion farmer's son who wrested the world middleweight boxing crown from Sugar Ray Robinson in 1957 and lost an equally epic, razor-edge rematch six months later, died Wednesday at age 85.
Veteran Detroit broadcaster 'Sonny' Eliot known for corny jokes, genial manner, dies at 91.
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Longtime broadcaster Marvin "Sonny" Eliot, whose corny jokes and genial manner endeared him to Detroit audiences for decades, died Friday morning.
Glassman brought his flashy bus and his genial hard sell to Payson as he barnstormed the state attempting to win the Democratic nomination.
Oh, Melvin's smooth vibe and genial manner are legitimate.
Up close with Phil Coulter in intimate, genial 'Songs I Love'.
Bo and the Locomotive 's swirling melodies project the warmth of genial summer daze.
I was dazzled to see a real trompo sitting before me in the restaurant and asked La Macro 's genial manager, Saul Obregon, about it.
Veteran Detroit broadcaster 'Sonny' Eliot known for corny jokes, genial manner, dies at 91.
'Youth in Revolt' an obscenely genial Frenchified tickler.
Monica (Leslie Kritzer), outgoing, ambitious, and Jewish, and Ian (Doug Kreeger), introverted, moody, and Catholic, become unlikely collaborators and lovers in Paul Scott Goodman and Miriam Gordon's genial Rooms : A Rock Romance.
Only in the last couple of years have we Statesiders begun to truly appreciate the genial 45-year-old Glasgow native.