• WordNet 3.6
    • adj cordial diffusing warmth and friendliness "an affable smile","an amiable gathering","cordial relations","a cordial greeting","a genial host"
    • adj cordial sincerely or intensely felt "a cordial regard for his visitor's comfort","a cordial abhorrence of waste"
    • adj cordial politely warm and friendly "a cordial handshake"
    • n cordial strong highly flavored sweet liquor usually drunk after a meal
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cordial (Med) Any invigorating and stimulating preparation; as, a peppermint cordial .
    • Cordial Anything that comforts, gladdens, and exhilarates. "Charms to my sight, and cordials to my mind."
    • Cordial (Com) Aromatized and sweetened spirit, used as a beverage; a liqueur.
    • Cordial Hearty; sincere; warm; affectionate. "He . . . with looks of cordial love
      Hung over her enamored."
    • Cordial Proceeding from the heart. "A rib with cordial spirits warm."
    • Cordial Tending to revive, cheer, or invigorate; giving strength or spirits. "Behold this cordial julep here
      That flames and dances in his crystal bounds."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • cordial Of or pertaining to the heart.
    • cordial Proceeding from the heart or from kindly and earnest feeling; exhibiting kindly feeling or warmth of heart; hearty; sincere; warmly friendly; affectionate.
    • cordial Reviving the spirits; cheering; invigorating; imparting strength or cheerfulness.
    • cordial Synonyms Sincere, etc. See hearty.
    • n cordial Something that invigorates, comforts, gladdens, or exhilarates.
    • n cordial A medicine or draught which increases the action of the heart and stimulates the circulation; a warm stomachic; any medicine which increases strength, dispels languor, and promotes cheerfulness.
    • n cordial A sweet and aromatic liquor. Certain cordials are, or were originally, made in great monastic establishments, whence the names are taken, as Benedictine, Chartreuse, Certosa, and the like; others are named from the place, or a former place, of manufacture, as Curaçoa; and others from their Flavoring or composition, as maraschino, anisette. See liqueur.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Cordial kor′di-al hearty: with warmth of heart: sincere: affectionate: reviving the heart or spirits
    • n Cordial anything which revives or comforts the heart: a medicine or drink for refreshing the spirits
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  • George Moore
    “A literary movement consists of five or six people who live in the same town and hate each other cordially.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. cordialis, fr. L. cor, heart: cf. F. cordial,. See Heart


In literature:

I have been very cordially received at the Wesleyan Mission House.
"The Story of My Life" by Egerton Ryerson
It was soon manifest to her anxious view that there was no hope of any cordial reconciliation between Louis and Hortense.
"Hortense, Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
But the cordial relations with the viceroy were not lasting.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
I feel more true and cordial pleasure than I can express to you in the request you have made.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
Will you remember me cordially to Sumner, and say I thank him for his welcome letter?
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
Rich old men, when they wish to be cordial on such occasions, have but one way of evincing cordiality.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
But the old lady received him cordially.
"Luke Walton" by Horatio Alger
Here Pottinger was cordially received by the governor.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
They greeted him cordially, convinced him that he was welcome, made him feel at home, gave him tea.
"Bird of Paradise" by Ada Leverson
All day Monday, friends came to see us, and were so cordial and kind that it did our hearts good.
"Scenes in the Hawaiian Islands and California" by Mary Evarts Anderson

In poetry:

Salvation! O the joyful sound!
'Tis pleasure to our ears;
A sovereign balm for every wound,
A cordial for our fears.
"Hymn 88" by Isaac Watts
Love imaged in that cordial look
Our Lord in Eden bends
On souls that sin and earth forsook
In time to die His friends.
"Quinquagesima Sunday" by John Keble
Once more we come with heart and hand,
In warm and earnest greeting:
Once more we form in goodly band,
A free and cordial meeting.
"A Welcome" by Sir Henry Taylor
Where is the mead's unsullied green?
The zephyr's balmy gale?
And where sweet friendship's cordial mien,
That brighten'd every vale?
"Verses, To William Lyttleton, Esq." by William Shenstone
But this, my wife, is why I hold you
As good a wife as ever stepped,
And why I meant it when I told you
How cordially our feast I kept:
"After the Golden Wedding (Three Soliloquies)" by James Kenneth Stephen
And here I break my story's thread,
Just to remark, that what she said,
Although I took the other part,
Went like a cordial to my heart.
"Recreation" by Jane Taylor

In news:

You are cordially invited to attend the One Year Anniversary Celebration of the Virtuous Women in Red.
Once again the Lewis-Pacific Swiss Society will continue the tradition of Swiss Wrestling, music, food and gathering with friends by hosting their 49th Annual Schwingfest at the Swiss Hall in the cordial town of Frances.
You are cordially invited by Nu Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc to attend in our celebration Speaker: Captain Voressa Croom booker Time: 3:00 p.m. Return to event list.
We cordially invite you to participate in the 1st Annual Jingle All The Way 5-K Run/Walk.
Although the candidates running for US Congress remained cordial on the surface, neither passed up the opportunity to get in jabs here and there during a Macon County League of Women Voters forum last week.
Bartlett 's cordial relationship with Delaney — and his final campaign — is a reflection of his style during his time in the.
She tried to keep things cordial for the sake of her four kids, but Dad spurned her efforts.
GARDNER — Early on in last night's 2nd Worcester District state representative debate, candidates were asked to say what they liked about each other, and the answers were cordial.
The call was "brief and cordial," and Romney "thanked the president for his congratulations and wished him and his family well," the aide said.
That cordiality didn't last long.
The Delaware County Dis­trict Library is host­ing two spe­cial pro­grams this com­ing week, and I cor­dially invite you and your fam­ily to both of them.
Mid-County Habitat for Humanity cordially invites the public to attend the dedication of its second home scheduled to begin at 2 pm, on Sunday, Dec 9 in Mayville.
Only the hesitations of Ronnie O'Neal and Jim Stanford allowed for a brief cordial exchange between board attorney Alex Braswell and DHS senior Andrew Gwin.
Members and guests are cordially asked to bring a covered dish.
You're cordially invited to celebrate the holidays in style.

In science:

In addition, the author acknowledges the MPI for Solid State Research for cordial hospitality during his stay.
Velocity renormalization of nodal quasiparticles in d-wave superconductors
I should like to express my gratitude to Professor Hans Kolbenstvedt and Professor Erlend (cid:216)stgaard for extending a cordial and helpful relation with the Department of Physics, NTNU(Lade).
Gamma-ray bursts, BL Lacs, Supernovae, and Interacting Galaxies
We thank the organizer of NOW2006 for cordial invitation and offering us the chance of organizing the MeV neutrino session.
Neutrino Physics around MeV Energies
I would like to cordially thank the organizers of RADCOR 2011 on behalf of all participants for their excellent work and all their effort to make this conference possible. I thank A.
Why Precision?
Kob cordially for discussions and suggestions.
Structural relaxation in a system of dumbbell molecules