from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or quality of being genial; especially, sympathetic cheerfulness or cordiality.
  • noun Synonyms Warmth, affability, friendliness, heartiness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality of being genial; sympathetic cheerfulness; warmth of disposition and manners.

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  • noun The quality of being genial

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  • noun a disposition to be friendly and approachable (easy to talk to)


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  • 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.

    The Imperialist Sara Jeannette Duncan

  • 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.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 04, No. 24, October, 1859 Various

  • 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.

    Impatient Idealists 1942

  • 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.

    Alarms and Discursions 1905

  • 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.

    Oddsfish! Robert Hugh Benson 1892

  • Mr. Anthony shook the proffered hand, and then shrank back, with the distrust of geniality which is one of the cruel hardships of wealth.

    The Wizard's Daughter and Other Stories Margaret Collier Graham 1880

  • Not only do I hear his lectures with delight, but I am greatly taken with the geniality which is peculiar to the man.

    Roman life in the days of Cicero Alfred John Church 1870

  • He wished to stand well with his neighbours, but lacked the geniality which is the very body, the outside expression of humanity.

    There & Back George MacDonald 1864

  • 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.

    Love Me Little, Love Me Long Charles Reade 1849

  • 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.

    Sylvia's Lovers — Volume 1 Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell 1837


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