Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or quality of being genial; especially, sympathetic cheerfulness or cordiality.
- n. Synonyms Warmth, affability, friendliness, heartiness.
- n. The quality of being genial
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality of being genial; sympathetic cheerfulness; warmth of disposition and manners.
- n. a disposition to be friendly and approachable (easy to talk to)
“German village, with the small earnings and spendings, the narrow sphere of life and experience, and the great vintage of geniality which is laid up from youth to age, and handed down with the old wine from father to son.”
“Consideration was in it, and understanding, and that kind of geniality that offers itself on a plain business footing, a commercial heartiness that has no nonsense about it.”
“I am sure every one in this room has been studying your personality whilst you talked, but somehow you do manage to create and spread and make everyone feel that atmosphere of kindheartedness and geniality which is you.”
“Anyhow, the little hamlets of the warm grey stone have a geniality which is not achieved by all the artistic scarlet of the suburbs; as if it were better to warm one's hands at the ashes of Glastonbury than at the painted flames of Croydon.”
“He said it with a grim kind of geniality, at which I did not know whether to be encouraged or not: I did as he told me, and looked about me with as easy an air as I could muster.”
“Mr. Anthony shook the proffered hand, and then shrank back, with the distrust of geniality which is one of the cruel hardships of wealth.”
“Not only do I hear his lectures with delight, but I am greatly taken with the geniality which is peculiar to the man.”
“He wished to stand well with his neighbours, but lacked the geniality which is the very body, the outside expression of humanity.”
“In certain companies you shall see a boisterous cordiality, which at bottom is as hollow as diplomacy; but there is a modest geniality which is to society what the bloom is to the plum.”
“Sylvia took as little thought of him as he did of her, to all appearance, Philip could even have given him praise for manly good looks, and a certain kind of geniality of disposition which made him ready to smile pleasantly at all strangers, from babies upwards.”
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