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She has a congenial relationship with her colleagues.
  agreeable or compatible in a positive way
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congenial congeniality congenially
Sometimes used to describe someone who is friendly and pleasant to be around.
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  • She has a congenial relationship with her colleagues.
  • a form of government congenial to minority rights
  • It’s a congenial place to work.
  • I remember especially the walks we all took together every day in Central Park, the only part of the city that was congenial to me.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life

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  • Some people said there must be more education, but a boy with education did not want to work on the farms, and went off to the towns to look for more congenial occupation.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • They remained frozen in attitudes of congeniality, smiling at each other across the plates of now-rotting food, and flies.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • Personally, I believe that congenial work, with excitement and change, would do me good.
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman  --  The Yellow Wallpaper
  • Calvin seemed to be the most congenial of them, and followed the introductions with a command to King Walker to "get this city boy some shoes for his feet."
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • The higher intellect, the imagination, the spirit, and even the heart might all find their congenial aliment in pursuits which ... would ascend from one step of powerful intelligence to another, until the philosopher should lay his hand on the secret of creative force and perhaps make new worlds for himself.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Birthmark
  • They both watched me attentively, congenially.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl

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  • My only real chance was to locate a childless widow who might consider an opportunity for motherhood reason enough to leave her homeland, and I hoped, too, that a congenial understanding and companionship would at some point arise between us, as it is never ideal for a child to sense ill-feeling between her parents.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • It is not merely that they find each other’s society congenial, but that they consciously avoid and weed out the poor….
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • By chance the work I had done on it at Jack Brown’s house had brought me to a congenial way station in the narrative, a place where I felt it would be easy to pick up the loose ends once I got settled with Sophie down on the farm.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Still, I found myself missing the congenial company of Mr. Gowan and the pleasant familiarity of Jamie whatever-his-name-was.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • As it was, she died when I was a kid; and though everything that’s happened to me since then is thoroughly my own fault, still when I lost her I lost sight of any landmark that might have led me someplace happier, to some more populated or congenial life.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • As the room fills, I brace myself for a less congenial reception.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Jurgis got himself a place in a boardinghouse with some congenial friends.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • He was congenial and seemed well educated.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • They would doubtless be congenial with the generality of female minds.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • And in what manner has this congeniality of mind been evinced?
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The game was in his eyes a contest, a struggle with a difficulty, yet a motionless, unwearying struggle, congenial to his tastes.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Holmes returned to his seat with that quiet look of inward satisfaction which meant that he had a congenial task before him.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • He hastened upstairs, and a few minutes later I heard the slam of the hall door, which told me that he was off once more upon his congenial hunt.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Here was congenial ground for all.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • Or some companion of congenial mind and valor?
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Just at present, however, Aunt Chloe is looking into the bake-pan; in which congenial operation we shall leave her till we finish our picture of the cottage.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • They take turns leaning forward to point out their moves with shrewd congeniality, playing it like a chess match, the kind of game that allows civilized men to play at make-believe murder.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • I may be absent a month or two; but do not interfere with my motions, I entreat you; leave me to peace and solitude for a short time; and when I return, I hope it will be with a lighter heart, more congenial to your own temper.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • There was no way through it, and the front windows of the Doctor’s lodgings commanded a pleasant little vista of street that had a congenial air of retirement on it.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Sir Percy had strolled away, to talk to more congenial friends probably.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Because no man can ever feel his own identity aright except his eyes be closed; as if darkness were indeed the proper element of our essences, though light be more congenial to our clayey part.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • The joy of sincere work and worthy aspiration and congenial friendship were to be hers; nothing could rob her of her birthright of fancy or her ideal world of dreams.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • And there were other people in Atlanta who would come to her parties, other people far more congenial than those hide-bound old hens.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • He was a widower, and found very little congenial companionship in this casual Western city.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • "Yes, sir," the white man said congenially.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • Before this ugly edifice, and between it and the wheel-track of the street, was a grass-plot, much overgrown with burdock, pig-weed, apple-pern, and such unsightly vegetation, which evidently found something congenial in the soil that had so early borne the black flower of civilised society, a prison.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • This congenial tone bespeaks a change, no doubt about it.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • They were reckless, puerile, congenial, naive, presumptuous, deferential and rambunctious.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • There in my manhood I have longed, indeed, to marry someone of congenial mind and take my ease, enjoying the great estate my father had acquired.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Scrooge seized the ruler with such energy of action, that the singer fled in terror, leaving the keyhole to the fog and even more congenial frost.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • That humid and congenial atmosphere which commonly adorned the view, veiling its harshness, and softening its asperities, had disappeared, the northern air poured across the waste of water so harsh and unmingled, that nothing was left to be conjectured by the eye, or fashioned by the fancy.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Scott Fischer’s team was a congenial and cohesive group; most of Pittman’s teammates took her idiosyncrasies in stride and seemed to have little trouble accepting her into their midst.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • As I walk along the stony shore of the pond in my shirt-sleeves, though it is cool as well as cloudy and windy, and I see nothing special to attract me, all the elements are unusually congenial to me.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Stepan Arkadyevitch would have been the companion most congenial to him, but he was going out, he said, to a soiree, in reality to the ballet.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • To Esteban in the shadows the picture of Camila leaning over his brother’s hand and whispering into his ear was complete evidence that a new congeniality had formed such as he would never know.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • When we went in, and I had removed her bonnet and coat, I took her on my knee; kept her there an hour, allowing her to prattle as she liked: not rebuking even some little freedoms and trivialities into which she was apt to stray when much noticed, and which betrayed in her a superficiality of character, inherited probably from her mother, hardly congenial to an English mind.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • So similarly he had a very shrewd suspicion that Mr Johnny Lever got rid of some l s d. in the course of his perambulations round the docks in the congenial atmosphere of the Old Ireland tavern, come back to Erin and so on.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • He had established a confidence with her, that absolutely turned upon her indifference towards her husband, and the absence, now and at all times, of any congeniality between them.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • Mr. Guppy saunters along with it congenially.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • V They formed a congenial group sitting there that summer afternoon—Madame Ratignolle sewing away, often stopping to relate a story or incident with much expressive gesture of her perfect hands; Robert and Mrs. Pontellier sitting idle, exchanging occasional words, glances or smiles which indicated a certain advanced stage of intimacy and camaraderie.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
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