• WordNet 3.6
    • adj congenial (used of plants) capable of cross-fertilization or of being grafted
    • adj congenial suitable to your needs "a congenial atmosphere to work in","two congenial spirits mutual confidence and reciprocal virtues"- T.L.Peacock"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Congenial (Bot) capable of cross-fertilization or of being grafted; -- used of plants.
    • Congenial Naturally adapted; suited to the disposition; as, a congenial atmosphere to work in. "Congenial clime.""To defame the excellence with which it has no sympathy . . . is its congenial work."
    • Congenial Partaking of the same nature; allied by natural characteristics; kindred; sympathetic. "Congenial souls! whose life one avarice joins.""two congenial spirits united . . . by mutual confidence and reciprocal virtues"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • congenial Partaking of the same nature or natural characteristics; kindred; like.
    • congenial Hence Suited or adapted in character or feeling; pleasing or agreeable; harmonious; sympathetic; companionable.
    • congenial Naturally suited or adapted; having fitness or correspondence; agreeable; pleasing: as, congenial work.
    • congenial Synonyms Pleasing, Agreeable, etc. See pleasant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Congenial kon-jē′ni-al of the same genius, spirit, or tastes: kindred, sympathetic: suitable
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  • John Burroughs
    “Blessed is the man who has some congenial work, some occupation in which he can put his heart, and which affords a complete outlet to all the forces there are in him.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “Truth must necessarily be stranger than fiction, for fiction is the creation of the human mind and therefore congenial to it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. con-, + genial,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. con, with, and genialis, genial. See Genial.


In literature:

And I think she would have carried this on, and would have been taken up Mont Blanc, had Mr. Palliser's aspirations been congenial.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
I have taken enough trouble over it all, introducing wedding presents to each other and trying to make them congenial.
"The Guests Of Hercules" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
The best will never find any one gang congenial enough to hold him, and he finally emerges a decent citizen.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume I. (of IV.)" by W. Grant Hague, M.D.
There your congenial spirits congregate.
"The Young Duke" by Benjamin Disraeli
Alfred was entrusted with many roles not congenial to him; in those he generally failed.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
The final element in which De Foe's curiosity might find a congenial food consisted of the stories floating about contemporary affairs.
"Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)" by Leslie Stephen
Elise bloomed in this congenial atmosphere and did not look like the same girl.
"Molly Brown's Orchard Home" by Nell Speed
Shall I advance, or retreat to more congenial quarters?
"An Outcast" by F. Colburn Adams
If the spirit of the congenial friendship link not the hearts of the inmates of a dwelling it is not a Home.
"Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women" by George Sumner Weaver
I was rather doubtful whether his new employment was quite as congenial to him as his old.
"My Friend Smith" by Talbot Baines Reed

In poetry:

As flies the magnet to the pole —
The same in darkness clouds and dearth,
So turns congenial soul to soul,
And Friendship's sunny light hath birth.
"Friendship" by Mary Anne Browne
"To me congenial is the gloom of night,
The savage howlings that infest the air;
I unappall'd can view the fatal light
That issues from the pointed lightning's glare.
"Euphelia" by Helen Maria Williams
In life united by congenial minds,
Dear to the MUSE, to sacred friendship true;
Around her darling's urn a wreath SHE binds,
A deathless wreath­immortaliz'd by YOU!
"Elegy to the Memory of David Garrick, Esq." by Mary Darby Robinson
How these two friends congenial conversed
Here, as the listener heard it is rehearsed,
As from his slightly varied point of view
It might have sounded to the speakers too.
"From 'The Red Flag' " by Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel
So —many a soul o'er life's drear desert faring,
Love's pure congenial spring unfound, —unquaff'd —
Suffers —recoils —then, thirsty and despairing
Of what it would, descends and sips the nearest draught.
"Twilight Thoughts" by Maria Gowen Brooks
What rare companionship I find,
What hours of social joy I spend,
What restfulness pervades my mind,
Communing with congenial friend.
True happiness seems ever to increase,
While dwelling here upon the Plains of Peace.
"The Plains Of Peace" by Olivia Ward Bush-Banks

In news:

The congenial UO center graciously did so, and answered a few questions about his path to college football.
Chef Greg Atkinson and his wife, Betsy, are co-proprietors of this congenial Bainbridge Island newcomer.
For Republicans, there's not a more congenial spot.
Senator's bill may usher in more congenial era of nuclear waste policy.
The Carnegie International is once again falling asleep at the wheel, or at least that's the implication of the congenial assortment of painting, sculpture and video art forming the 1995 incarnation of this big survey of contemporary art.
"Miss Congeniality," to mix zoological metaphors, is a standard-issue fish-out-of-water comedy, with Ms Bullock as the fish.
CONGENIAL SPIRITS The Selected Letters of Virginia Woolf .
She was certainly well cast as Miss Congeniality.
The cast-contingent project is based on a script by Los Angeles-based Katie Ford from "Miss Congeniality" and will be directed by Jacob Tierney.
Is there some systemic way to transform the undertow so that instead of most corporations being hostile to innovation, you would have most corporations being congenial to and supportive of innovation.
Kelly, 43, of Deep River, a congenial sort whose default facial expression is a smile, was recently promoted to supervisor of the public defender 's office at the courthouse known as Geographical Area 10.
Three centuries of art and design keep congenial company in the Chicago apartment of Gensler's Carlos Martínez.
Four months into shooting Nickelodeon 's "Supah Ninjas," there's an air of congenial chaos at the 31st Street Studios in the Strip District as three young actors and one very large guest villain prepare for their next scene.
Becky Holder and Courageous Comet brought Olympic gravity and genuine congeniality to Bear Creek Farm on Saturday.
A diverse menu and congenial service in a pleasant atmosphere round out the dining experience.

In science:

An especially congenial class of models corresponds to quantum maps.
Intermediate quantum maps for quantum computation
The weight function of Eq.(3) is particularly congenial.
Quasiclassical Random Matrix Theory
Since it is closer to the methods common in the literature (such as the seminal paper of Aharonov, Albert, and Vaidman) than the previous exposition, it may be more congenial to those already familiar with weak values.
What do quantum "weak" measurements actually measure?
Indeed, three strategies can be chosen to reduce its dissonance created by the heterogeneity of the opinion inside its group: changing one’s own opinion to agree with others in the group, influencing others to change their opinions, or joining a different, attitudinally more congenial group.
When group level is different from the population level: an adaptive network with the Deffuant model
Meng, X.-L. (2001). A congenial overview and investigation of multiple imputation inference under uncongeniality.
Rejoinder: Quantifying the Fraction of Missing Information for Hypothesis Testing in Statistical and Genetic Studies