geniality c.1600, "festivity;" 1650s, "cheerfulness," from L.L. genialitas "festivity, pleasantness," from L. genialis (see GENIAL (Cf. genial)).

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  • geniality — noun The quality of being genial Sometimes this throat uttered Yes, sometimes it uttered No; sometimes it made inquiries about a time worn denizen of the place. Once it surprised her notions by remarking upon the friendliness and geniality… …   Wiktionary

  • geniality — genial ► ADJECTIVE 1) friendly and cheerful. 2) literary (of weather) pleasantly mild and warm. DERIVATIVES geniality noun genially adverb. ORIGIN Latin genialis nuptial, productive , from genius (see GENIUS(Cf. ↑genius …   English terms dictionary

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  • geniality — I (Roget s IV) n. Syn. kindliness, cheerfulness, friendliness; see friendship 2 , happiness 1 . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun The quality of being pleasant and friendly: affability, agreeability, agreeableness, amenity, amiability, amiableness,… …   English dictionary for students

  • geniality — ge·ni·al·i·ty || ‚dʒɪːnɪ ælÉ™tɪ n. kindliness, warmth, cordiality, agreeableness …   English contemporary dictionary

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