genial genial  /ˈdʒin jəl/


  1. (adj) diffusing warmth and friendliness
  2. (adj) of or relating to the chin or median part of the lower jaw
  3. (adj) agreeable, conducive to comfort


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  1. They mistake his genial moral maxims for the fundamental faiths that motivated his actions.
  2. For a sex lecture, the lady instructor arrives in the buff, prompting a genial response from a student audience, and furious blushing and giggles from four parents.
  3. Reyes has won almost every major title, leveraging a repertoire of creative shots that is as legendary as his genial temperament.


  1. A lot’s at stake with Dad’s Steak

    Father’s Day grilling around my house was always fraught with tension. My dad was not the genial Fred MacMurray type. He paced irritably, chain-smoking, beside the Weber grill in the backyard of our cottage in Madison, Conn., with a kitchen timer in hand. Woe be the designated griller (me) who was not standing at attention, grill tongs and platter ready for action, when that timer dinged. My ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Southern Illinoisan

  2. They’re Not Dead Yet

    The genial gent with the glasses doesn’t look like a dinosaur, but the Hartford Courant’s Frank Rizzo is one: One of the last remaining full-time theater critics in Connecticut—and, to indulge in dramatic license, perhaps in the nation, the planet, the cosmos. Rizzo is intent on reversing the fossil trend.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: New Haven Independent

  3. Ball Don’t Lie’s 2012-13 NBA Finals Preview: Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs

    The minds behind Ball Don’t Lie have previewed the NBA Finals, with Kelly Dwyer going against character for a more genial take, Dan Devine bringing his inimitable mixture of both order and bedlam, along with Eric Freeman’s legendary look inside … Continue reading ?
    on June 5, 2013     Source: Ball Don't Lie via Yahoo! Sports


  1. "We knew Boris Nikolayevich as a courageous but genial and warm-hearted person. He was straightforward and bold national leader who was frank and honest to his utmost in defending his positions," Putin said.
    on Apr 23, 2007 By: Vladimir Putin Source: ITAR-TASS

  2. Mr Hawke described Mr Burns as a "genial and genuine man".
    on Jun 11, 2007 By: Bob Hawke Source: Sydney Morning Herald

  3. "For a man of his achievements, including the titles of Bharat Kesri and Rustam-E-Hind, Master Chandgi Ram has a genial presence. His stint in the Jat Regiment of the Indian Army and then as a school teacher, coupled with his sense of humour made...
    on Jun 29, 2010 By: Suresh Kalmadi Source: Times of India

Word of the Day
animosity animosity
/ˌæ nə ˈmɑ sə ti /