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Webster 1913 Edition


Genial

Ge-ni′al

,
Adj.
(Anat.)
Same as
Genian
.

Gen′ial

,
Adj.
[L.
genialis
: cf. OF.
genial
. See
Genius
.]
1.
Contributing to, or concerned in, propagation or production; generative; procreative; productive.
“The genial bed.”
Milton.
Creator Venus,
genial
power of love.
Dryden.
2.
Contributing to, and sympathizing with, the enjoyment of life; sympathetically cheerful and cheering; jovial and inspiring joy or happiness; exciting pleasure and sympathy; enlivening; kindly;
as, she was of a cheerful and
genial
disposition
.
So much I feel my
genial
spirits droop.
Milton.
3.
Belonging to one’s genius or natural character; native; natural; inborn.
[Obs.]
Natural incapacity and
genial
indisposition.
Sir T. Browne.
4.
Denoting or marked with genius; belonging to the higher nature.
[R.]
Men of genius have often attached the highest value to their less
genial
works.
Hare.
Genial gods
(Pagan Mythol.)
,
the powers supposed to preside over marriage and generation.

Webster 1828 Edition


Genial

GE'NIAL

,
Adj.
[L. genialis, from geno, gigno,]
1.
Contributing to propagation or production; that causes to produce.
Creator, Venus, genial power of love.
2.
Gay; merry.
3.
Enlivening; contributing to life and cheerfulness; supporting life.
So much I feel my genial spirits droop.
4.
Native; natural. [Not usual.]
The genial gods, in pagan antiquity, were supposed to preside over generation, as earth, air, fire and water.

Definition 2022


genial

genial

See also: génial

English

Pronunciation

Adjective

genial (comparative more genial, superlative most genial)

  1. Friendly and cheerful.
  2. (especially of weather) Pleasantly mild and warm.
  1. Marked by genius.
    • 2003, Laura Fermi, Gilberto Bernardini, Galileo and the Scientific Revolution, Courier Dover Publications, page 111 :
      About fifty years later, in 1675, the Danish astronomer Ole Roemer (1644-1710) had the genial idea of using astronomical rather than terrestrial distances.
Translations
Derived terms

Etymology 2

From French geni, géni + -al, from Ancient Greek γένειον (géneion, chin).

Pronunciation

Adjective

genial (not comparable)

  1. (anatomy) Relating to the chin; genian.

Anagrams


German

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɡeˈni̯aːl/
  • Rhymes: -aːl

Adjective

genial (comparative genialer, superlative am genialsten)

  1. genius, ingenious, genial (in the sense of genius)

Declension


Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology

From Latin genialis

Adjective

genial (neuter singular genialt, definite singular and plural geniale)

  1. ingenious, brilliant

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Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology

From Latin genialis

Adjective

genial (neuter singular genialt, definite singular and plural geniale)

  1. ingenious, brilliant

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Portuguese

Adjective

genial m, f (plural geniais, comparable)

  1. genial (marked by genius)
  2. genius (very clever)

Spanish

Etymology

From Latin geniālis (of or pertaining to marriage; festive, genial), from genius (guardian spirit) + -ālis.

Adjective

genial m, f (plural geniales)

  1. splendid, gorgeous, great
  2. ingenious
  3. genial, pleasant

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