Definition of uncongenial in English:



  • 1(of a person) not friendly or pleasant to be with.

    ‘uncongenial dining companions’
    • ‘This is because pilots are now locked into the flight cabin, or whatever they call it, and are unable to avoid each other's company if they find it uncongenial, by socialising with the passengers.’
    • ‘He found the place and the department uncongenial.’
    • ‘He had emerged, married an uncongenial and rather vulgar Swiss girl, and obtained a professorship at Cooper's Hill.’
    • ‘Well, seeing as I seem to be at my rudest and my uncongenial when around you, I certainly hope not.’
    • ‘Robert only learns of Edna's new abode yesterday from his mother and claims to have returned because the Mexicans were uncongenial.’
    • ‘Despite the uncongenial tone of her voice, however, a slow flush had caught her cheeks unawares.’
    • ‘Issues of pluralism, of unity and diversity, are not confined to times when the church finds itself in an uncongenial culture, yet they take on a distinctive cast in such times.’
    • ‘The social upheavals and conflicts, the end of tsarist-style deference, and in particular the flow of peasants into the towns had meant that in public people were uncongenial and at home led narrow lives.’
    • ‘By contrast with her violent and uncongenial relationship with her first husband, Sir Percival Glyde, Laura appears to share all her second husband's aims, interests, and concerns.’
    • ‘Those who leave the delinquent group, as with those who leave any kind of group, do so because they find the group uncongenial; those who remain do so because the group remains intrinsically rewarding to them.’
    • ‘He was seen as an effective leader, despite being taciturn and uncongenial.’
    • ‘In a different time, turning to himself, he manages to discover an uncongenial double, another maricone, a banker with whom he shares his name.’
    unfriendly, unamiable, unaffable, unneighbourly, inhospitable, hostile, unapproachable, reclusive, introverted, solitary, private, misanthropic, uncommunicative, unforthcoming, reticent, reserved, withdrawn, aloof, distant, remote, detached, stand-offish, unsocial, antisocial, taciturn, silent, quiet, sulky, mopey, mopish, uncivil, rude, cold, cool, chilly, frigid, haughty, suspicious, distrustful, scowling, glowering
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    1. 1.1 Unsuitable and therefore unlikely to promote success or well-being.
      ‘the religious climate proved uncongenial to such ideas’
      • ‘Indeed, economists have good reason to find the theory of punctuated equilibrium uncongenial.’
      • ‘The fact is that military organizations, for the most part, study what makes them feel comfortable about themselves, not the uncongenial lessons of past conflicts.’
      • ‘Parliamentary secretaries (unless they are called Adonis) exist to sign letters, reply to debates at uncongenial hours, and read briefs approved by their elders if not betters.’
      • ‘I don't trust myself to gauge the plausibility of this idea because I find it so thoroughly uncongenial.’
      • ‘Grenville found the post uncongenial and his successes were few.’
      • ‘He found his first job - as a bank clerk - uncongenial, and the armed services always beckoned.’
      • ‘A sensitive session that might be uncongenial for resolving delicate domestic dilemmas.’
      • ‘Further, the style of Siloti's artistic life was utterly uncongenial to the post-1914 era and especially the American world.’
      • ‘He found having to think about these issues uncongenial.’
      • ‘Bloggers are not obliged to write about stories that they find uninteresting or uncongenial.’
      • ‘Many were made, and are still being made, inconvenient, uncongenial and expensive.’
      • ‘The stadium is an unsightly, uncomfortable, and uncongenial place to watch or (so players say) play baseball; it was designed primarily with football in mind.’
      • ‘A question that simple has the potential for being haunting; and indeed, it has recurred to me periodically since, whenever I have come up against an uncongenial, even repellant text.’
      • ‘This may appeal to those raised with answers they found uncongenial.’
      • ‘Although I find much of Steiner rather absurd, his ‘cultural conservatism’ is not uncongenial.’
      • ‘Sooner or later, Kant warns, there will be no empty space left for those of us who have found the already populated places too cramped or too uncongenial for comfort.’
      • ‘I am wondering how much research fiction as a category is designed to appeal to the creative writing student for whom the institutional settings and protocols are uncongenial?’
      • ‘There is not much artistic possibility to be found in caring for a sick friend, enduring an unhappy marriage, performing uncongenial work.’
      • ‘The situation is not helped by the uncongenial interiors of public toilets and, of course, their widespread closure throughout Scotland.’
      • ‘This mechanical and repetitive work was certainly uncongenial, but so in a different way was the company that Dickens was obliged to keep.’
      unlikeable, disagreeable, unpleasant, objectionable, obnoxious, unsavoury, unattractive
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