Definition of cordially in English:



  • 1In a warm and friendly way.

    ‘he was greeted cordially by the archbishop’
    • ‘I took up my work with enthusiasm and optimism, and was cordially welcomed by the civil servants.’
    • ‘All parishioners are cordially invited to attend the function to show thanks to a great cleric.’
    • ‘The management cordially welcomes you to the hotel.’
    • ‘One important rule of etiquette is to treat guests cordially and hospitably.’
    • ‘They walked into the dining room and were greeted cordially by everyone.’
    • ‘Members of the press are cordially invited to attend this session.’
    • ‘Whoever wishes to participate is cordially welcome.’
    • ‘People have treated me very cordially, they've been very friendly and supportive towards me.’
    • ‘I noticed that they addressed each other cordially.’
    • ‘I would like to cordially thank you for your kind letter.’
  • 2With intense feeling.

    ‘he was cordially detested for his brutality and injustice’
    • ‘According to union officials, the foreman was quite cordially disliked by the employees under his supervision.’
    • ‘There were times in the 1980s when both princesses were cordially disliked, their every act criticised in the press.’
    • ‘I confidently predict that this building in forty years will be an even greater slum than the building it has replaced, and that it will be cordially hated by all who work in it.’
    • ‘I always assumed he would have despised me and I cordially despised him in return.’
    • ‘The Vatican cordially despised them, but it co-operated with them.’
    • ‘No proceedings were therefore brought against the high-ranking army officers so cordially detested by the intellectuals.’
    • ‘It's a quick way to become cordially loathed and poison people against all their ideas.’
    • ‘He had come cordially to dislike the aggressive, arrogant militarism he had seen in Berlin.’
    • ‘The army cordially returned his hostility.’
    • ‘Everyone knew the president's son was cordially disliked by the army.’