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Definition of Genial


  1. Same as Genian.
  2. Contributing to, or concerned in, propagation or production; generative; procreative; productive.
  3. Contributing to, and sympathizing with, the enjoyment of life; sympathetically cheerful and cheering; jovial and inspiring joy or happiness; exciting pleasure and sympathy; enlivening; kindly; as, she was of a cheerful and genial disposition.
  4. Belonging to one's genius or natural character; native; natural; inborn.
  5. Denoting or marked with genius; belonging to the higher nature.

Genial Quotations

Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.
Washington Irving

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.
Walter Bagehot

In the first weeks of the Obama administration, 'bipartisanship' was the reigning buzzword, and when the Beltway thinks 'bipartisan,' it pictures President Reagan and Democratic Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill putting aside their differences and forging a legislative partnership, a ruddy pair of genial patriarchs bonding over the Blarney Stone.
James Wolcott

I'm less genial than people think, but I'm too timid to seem nasty.
Alan Bennett

Sweet is the scene where genial friendship plays the pleasing game of interchanging praise.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
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Genial Translations

genial in Norwegian is vennlig, mild
genial in Swedish is gemytlig, sympatisk, gynnsam
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