Definition of congenial in US English:



  • 1(of a person) pleasant because of a personality, qualities, or interests that are similar to one's own.

    ‘his need for some congenial company’
    • ‘In 1819 he was at work again in northern England, eventually settling in Scarborough among congenial clients and friends.’
    • ‘I however keep coming back to Thailand to see the breathtaking landscape, beautiful beaches and congenial people.’
    • ‘She is then plied with drinks, hot and cold, sat down in a warm spot with congenial people and made to enjoy herself.’
    • ‘He devoted these years to philosophy, writing, and the company of a circle of congenial friends.’
    • ‘It's always the case when you get a bunch of bloggers in the room: as a rule they are the smartest, most congenial people you could hope to meet.’
    • ‘Most people drink to be congenial, to celebrate, to have a good time.’
    • ‘He was a bright, congenial child who needed constant physical care, but was a pleasure to be around.’
    • ‘Your artistic nature suggests enjoyment of good music, fine works of art, good literature, and intelligent, congenial friends.’
    • ‘What has so far been described is the idyllic situation where the bookshop owner is congenial.’
    • ‘Helen also had numerous qualities that made her congenial.’
    • ‘He looked younger and more congenial than he appears on television and in newspapers.’
    • ‘The reason he had the respect of such a wide range of his younger peers was the quality of his poetry - not just his congenial personality.’
    • ‘Anyway, it was a weird but fun day spent with congenial folks, and I did get to meet the newscaster, even if only as a disembodied voice in my ear.’
    • ‘Enemies have disappeared and new ones - many once former allies and even congenial friends - have taken their places.’
    • ‘On current form, the congenial Dubliner can save his heavenly appeals, but he seems to know something the rest of us don't, and has countered the notion that taking him on board was a sweetener.’
    • ‘The group of decapod workers is extremely congenial and the interaction has resulted in many new collaborations.’
    • ‘A hospitable septuagenarian runs it with her equally congenial son.’
    • ‘They usually proved both intelligent and congenial.’
    • ‘He is congenial but often distant and he keeps his private life private.’
    • ‘A congenial man with a neatly trimmed white beard, he's a classic civic booster who loves to extol his hometown's virtues.’
    • ‘He had proven such a congenial guest on his first visit that he had received a weekly invitation since that time.’
    like-minded, compatible, kindred, well suited, easy to get along with
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    1. 1.1 (of a thing) pleasant or agreeable because suited to one's taste or inclination.
      ‘he went back to a climate more congenial to his cold stony soul’
      • ‘He seeks consultation from experts whose paradigms are congenial to and close to his own, and their recommendations also fall short of success.’
      • ‘Their work ignored the inner contradictions in the Soviet bloc and reinforced a monolithic image of communism congenial to the cold war apparatus.’
      • ‘This extreme anti-realism was not congenial to logical positivists.’
      • ‘What he has to say may be congenial to the beliefs of many, but one can't overlook the feeling that the relations between his ideas and evidence sometimes feel slight.’
      • ‘Even the city's climate was particularly congenial to him.’
      • ‘Once, after a couple of meetings, it was agreed that the idea of a second marriage was congenial to both of them, they decided to put it to execution.’
      • ‘It's not a portrait that will be entirely congenial to either his critics or his allies, though in many respects I think he comes off quite well.’
      • ‘Journalists, as you know, are crucial to changing the current climate of opinion to one more congenial to liberty.’
      • ‘The conservative attitude which pervaded his book was especially congenial to America.’
      • ‘It has been my anxious wish to do my duty to my country, though politics never were congenial to me and while my dear Husband lived I left as much as I could to him.’
      • ‘No presumption has ever existed in favor of a judging style congenial to ‘moderates.’’
      • ‘South Carolina is very congenial to socially conservative candidates.’
      • ‘The age of free love and four-letter words was not congenial to this son of a Methodist lay-preacher.’
      • ‘The herons and buzzards have left for places more congenial to watching and listening for desperate scrambling through snow.’
      • ‘I fear that the tone of this platform would be far more congenial to the French revolutionaries than the American.’
      • ‘And libertarian proposals in most spheres are normally congenial to conservatives too.’
      • ‘The country is still changing in ways congenial to Democrats.’
      • ‘In my view, rock, despite a few exceptions, is not really suited for storytelling and not especially congenial to the subtler kind of lyric.’
      • ‘The mock-up behind the move was to make the Act more congenial to the economic development needs of Zambia.’
      • ‘It will be congenial to all since it must be committed to modelling, to methodological individualism and to the notion of optimisation.’
      pleasant, pleasing, to one's liking, agreeable, enjoyable, pleasurable, nice, appealing, engaging, satisfying, gratifying, fine, charming, delightful, relaxing, snug, welcome, welcoming, hospitable
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