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cordial -- as in: a cordial reception
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  • The countries share a long border and have cordial relations.
  • We had a cordial exchange of ideas.
  • She greeted us cordially.
  • The Judge questioned me quite calmly and even, I thought, with a hint of cordiality.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger

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  • I was never given a more cordial hearing anywhere.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • Mrs. Braddocks insisted cordially.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Sun Also Rises
  • They’ve been awfully cordial to me.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • "Aunty," she said, cordially, "why don’t you go pee in your hat?"
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • A quack doctor pitched patent medicines from the back of a wagon: "A rare cordial to fortify the innards against infective parasites, unwholesome damps, and malignant effluvia!"
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • When she sensed him getting ready to turn again—a turn that Gabby knew would signal the end of cordial relations between them—she took a step forward, almost against her will.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice

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  • I know certain families have enjoyed relationships because of their children, had carpools and holiday barbecues, and perhaps a shared weekend at a country house upstate or on the Long Island shore, but on the whole an unwritten covenant of conduct governs us, a signet of cordiality and decorum, in whose ethic, if it can be called such a thing, the worst wrong is to be drawn forth and disturbed.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • "So sorry to have wasted your time," he said with mock cordiality.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • Her aunt welcomed him cordially, and in a few moments put her head in at the parlor door, her understanding glance taking in the two silent young people.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • Whatever their relationship was, it wasn’t cordial.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • "Certainly glad you finally made it, old man," said the Humbug, cordially pumping Milo’s hand.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • Mama was cordial and attentive to everyone, as if entertaining them gave her a purpose.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • The soldiers, really not much older than I, were cordial, even friendly.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • He wore a decent-looking dark suit and a red tie, and he spoke cordially to everyone, moving from person to person but returning betweentimes to stand at Carla’s side with one hand resting on the small of her back in a proprietary way.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • The advice of poets is the cordiality of kings!
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • They wanted to keep up with the news, and Father always spent some time with them—it was good business, Father said, to be cordial with people.
    James Lincoln Collier  --  My Brother Sam is Dead
  • In the weeks to come, Madame Manec is perfectly cordial; she walks with Marie-Laure to the beach most mornings, takes her to the market.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Mrs. Brown greeted me cordially and welcomed me "overseas."
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Could it be that Sophie had urged Nathan toward this cordial move, perhaps to get him to make up for his nastiness of the night before?
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The enormous pantry shelves were nearly filled now with pastries, cordials, hams, and assorted delicacies.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • "We see Theodore Decker?" the younger, Italian-looking guy said to Mr. Borowsky as the older one peered cordially inside the classroom.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • She managed to be cordial and distant at once.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • Nor did she put any obstacles in the way of their accepting the cordial invitation with which the bargeman had parted from them.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • Nobody had been exactly cordial to him. all eyed each other-as though they knew.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • Aibileen is no more than cordial with me, nervous, stands at the kitchen sink and never stops working.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • But now that Kutuzov had spoken to the gentleman ranker, he addressed him with the cordiality of an old friend.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Welcome or not, I found it necessary to attach myself to some one before I should begin to address cordial remarks to the passers-by.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • There is a cordial defiance to her now, a slyly teasing way she has of commenting on things I do that I suspect she finds slightly foolish.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • — Come, cordial and not poison, go with me To Juliet’s grave; for there must I use thee.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • I welcomed my friend, therefore, in the most cordial manner, and we walked towards my college.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • My aunts had been very cordial to Ultima.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • With a click of her tongue she thrust out her bridgework, a gesture of cordiality that cemented our friendship.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • They were not welcomed home very cordially by their mother.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • He patted the heads of some, as he passed by, said a cordial word or two to them, tousled their hair, without condescension.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • He and Kim remained cordial but distant, no matter how much I tried to sell them on each other.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • We went outside into the cordial afternoon sunshine.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • "You could not possibly have come at a better time, my dear Watson," he said cordially.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • "Halloa, Beryl!" said he, and it seemed to me that the tone of his greeting was not altogether a cordial one.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Milkman hadn’t seen him this relaxed and cordial in a long long time.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • Alvah Scarret unbent to the point of cordiality, but kept a wary distance.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Sweet cordials and heavy ales were consumed in copious amounts, adding to the boisterous atmosphere.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • But I cordially dislike allegory in all its manifestations, and always have done so since I grew old and wary enough to detect its presence.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • So saying, the scout returned and shook David cordially by the hand; after which act of friendship he immediately left the lodge, attended by the new representative of the beast.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Sambo and Quimbo, both, though hating each other, were joined in one mind by a no less cordial hatred of Tom.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Accept my cordial thanks.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • "Yes!" said Dantes, and without relinquishing Mercedes hand clasped in one of his own, he extended the other to the Catalan with a cordial air.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
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