amiability

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n amiability a disposition to be friendly and approachable (easy to talk to)
    • n amiability a cheerful and agreeable mood
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Amiability The quality of being amiable; amiableness; sweetness of disposition. "Every excellency is a degree of amiability ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n amiability The quality of being amiable; excellence of disposition; amiableness.
    • n amiability Lovableness; amability.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Amiability quality of being amiable, or of exciting love
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Quotations

  • William Ellery Channing
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    “Natural amiableness is too often seen in company with sloth, with uselessness, with the vanity of fashionable life.”
  • Anne Sophie Swetchine
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    “How easy to be amiable in the midst of happiness and success.”
  • Seneca
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    “No one is better born than another, unless they are born with better abilities and a more amiable disposition.”
  • Joseph Addison
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    “Good nature is more agreeable in conversation than wit and gives a certain air to the countenance which is more amiable than beauty.”
  • Lord Byron
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    “Her great merit is finding out mine -- there is nothing so amiable as discernment.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
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    “It destroys one's nerve to be amiable every day to the same human being.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. amiable, friendly—L. amicabilis, from amicus, a friend; there is a confusion in meaning with O. Fr. amable (mod. Fr. aimable), lovable—L. amabilisam-āre, to love.

Usage

In literature:

For many years he was cared for and caressed by the amiable and cultivated Mme.
"A History of French Literature" by Edward Dowden
But our host (for, being on his ground, we were his guests) was most amiable and polite.
"A Tramp's Notebook" by Morley Roberts
The countenance became smaller and more amiable.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
But Betty Vivian, for some unaccountable reason, no longer felt either amiable or sociable.
"Betty Vivian" by L. T. Meade
He was overburdened with a sense of his own genius, and in a very amiable frame of mind, altogether.
"The Diamond Coterie" by Lawrence L. Lynch
I suppose I was too amiable.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
It would have rendered the amiable more amiable, the useful more useful, with fewer inconsistencies, with less abatement.
"A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious System of Professed Christians, in the Middle and Higher Classes in this Country, Contrasted with Real Christianity." by William Wilberforce
The dull, amiable woman gave Wilhelmine her hand to kiss and turned away, indifferent, unconcerned.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
He seems unaffected and amiable, as well as very clever.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
He is a docile, amiable boy of fair abilities, but sensitive and shy.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
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In poetry:

A babe, above his mother's years,
And fully equal to his Sire's!—
His mother's father;— daughter's child!—
Though speechless, amiable and mild!
"Let Us Go To Bethlehem " by Rees Prichard
There was an Old Man of the Isles,
Whose face was pervaded with smiles;
He sung high dum diddle,
And played on the fiddle,
That amiable Man of the Isles.
"Limerick: There was an Old Man of the Isles" by Edward Lear
Bill Bowls was an amiable gentle youth,
And concerning him I'll relate the truth;
His mother wanted to make him a Tailor,
But Bill's Father said he was cut out for a Sailor.
"Bill Bowls, the Sailor" by William Topaz McGonagall
It was a robber's daughter, and her name was ALICE BROWN,
Her father was the terror of a small Italian town;
Her mother was a foolish, weak, but amiable old thing;
But it isn't of her parents that I'm going for to sing.
"Gentle Alice Brown" by William Schwenck Gilbert
And now, since the war in France with us is o'er,
And Edward, our son, about to marry the lady he does adore,
The most amiable and lovely Countess of Kent;
Therefore, I hope they will happy live together and never repent.
"Jack o' the Cudgel" by William Topaz McGonagall
This is the merry Golf Lynx, as you see;
An amiable beast, and fond of tee.
Indigenous to all the country round,
His snaky length lies prone along the ground.
It is the fashion o'er this beast to rave,
But have a care, lest you become his slave.
"A Phenomenal Fauna" by Carolyn Wells

In news:

This is Diane Johnson's first novel for eight years, and it has a sort of discursive and amiable quality which is somewhat new in her work.
GIGANTE The title refers to Jara (Horacio Camandule), a swaybacked lug who stands a head taller than his co-workers at a warehouse-size Montevideo supermarket, making it easy for him to amiably tune out their attempts at conversation.
JOHN MORTIMER has drawn up an amiable codicil to his 1982 autobiography, "Clinging to the Wreckage," and he doesn't for a moment seem to believe that it will be read by anyone but old friends.
The tale began with an angry woman and an amiable flight attendant.
For Wednesday's gig at Chris', improvisational cornetist Bix Beiderbecke and amiable saxophone legend Frankie Trumbauer are at the top of the Blackbird 's pecking order.
This is because although many cats are easygoing and can live amiably with others, cats are generally considered solitary creatures .
"Trouble With the Curve" is a baseball dramedy that telegraphs its pitches, an amiable, meandering character study whose big plot points hang there like the curveballs of its title.
Michael Healey, best known as the amiable spokesman for former Attorney General Patrick Lynch, has nicknamed independent investigative reporter Jim Hummel 's stories the " Hummel Pummel".
Friends will remember him as an amiable, soft-spoken man who dedicated the latter part of his life to an island community he came to love and serve.
View full size Mike Rogoway/The Oregonian Mentor Graphics CEO Wally Rhines chatted amiably by phone with Carl Icahn following Thursday's shareholder meeting in Wilsonville.
Roman Baratiak is probably best known locally as the tall, amiable fellow with conversational style who introduces films and speakers to Campbell Hall audiences at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
You're known as a soft-spoken, amiable individual.
On the lesbian channels, countless young men call themselves "Lisa" and "Robin," hoping to seduce some young amiable woman.
But while his style has an amiable taste, his unidentifiable accent distracts from what he's trying to say.
This is a deceptively amiable session.
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In science:

But the KLT is only one transformation that can make the feature space more amiable for classification.
Basics of Feature Selection and Statistical Learning for High Energy Physics
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