from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not compatible or sympathetic, as in character.
  • adj. Not appropriate; unsuitable.
  • adj. Not pleasing; disagreeable.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. not congenial, compatible or sympathetic
  • adj. incapable of being grafted

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not congenial.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. very unfavorable to life or growth
  • adj. not suitable to your tastes or needs
  • adj. used of plant stock or scions; incapable of being grafted


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  • He believed that I had marked artistic talent and that I should not be forced to waste it in uncongenial work.

    Madeleine: An Autobiography

  • After a short and "uncongenial" employment with Hallensteins, Charles became one of New Zealand's foremost literary figures, founding the literary journal Landfall in 1946. - Stuff

  • The caricature of celebrity-friendly religions, of course, is that they are long on consolation and short on anything else, such as uncongenial moral codes or an actual God whose own celebrity, celeb-watching snarks suggest, might occasionally overshadow the star's own.


  • "uncongenial," the "friendly parting before any bitterness creeps in," and the "free to decide our lives in some happier and wiser way," rang false.


  • Some of those arguments seem insane to people who find them uncongenial.

    Rally to Restore Authority

  • They were wrapped in an uncongenial and frosty imperviousness.


  • That single cell contracts and recoils from the things in its environment uncongenial to its constitution, and the things congenial it draws to itself and absorbs.

    The Kempton-Wace Letters

  • She liked Hogg and loved Leigh Hunt, but Peacock was uncongenial to her.

    Biography in the DNB

  • Mary, remitted from beloved friends to an uncongenial stepmother, was doubtless on her part pining for sympathy.

    Biography in the DNB

  • Frankly, we are concerned about your performing the Twist, in an era uncongenial to it, and how it might aggravate your sciatica.

    Dear Chairman Bernanke

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