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genial
as in:  a genial personality


She sent a genial messenger with a tough message.
  friendly and good-natured
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  • She sent a genial messenger with a tough message.
  • a genial host
  • Vronsky looked round angrily, but his face lighted up immediately with his characteristic expression of genial and manly serenity.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  Anna Karenina
  • The evening was kind and genial, and so was my companion.
    Bronte, Anne  --  The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

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  • In the first act the author genially outlines the history of the town,
    Thornton Wilder  --  Our Town
  • She smiled and smiled, largely because she was naturally genial and on her good behavior here, but incidentally because Clyde was who he was.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • ...the genial host again.
    Katherine Applegate  --  Everworld - Search For Senna
  • "Go ahead," answered Daisy genially, "and if you want to take down any addresses here’s my little gold pencil."
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • In regard to myself, I’ve often been told I have a youthful, genial appearance, and am even a bit handsome.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Aelian was a gracious and genial man and my father was bored and frantic.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family

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  • Otherwise he’s a genial fellow.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • "How is our dinner faring?" he asked genially.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • But Attean seemed impatient; his genial mood of the night before had vanished.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Sign of the Beaver
  • I was relieved to see that my ruse served to distract the clerk’s attention from Sophie; the dewlapped old gentleman, being Southern (like so many Washington hirelings), was impressed by my credentials and also had a Southerner’s genial garrulousness: "Have a nice stay, Reverend, you and the missus.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The voice was deep and genially hectoring, like the barking of a sheepdog.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • And one night I said to him: Larry, I’m not going to say to you ’never drink again,’ and frankly I think that AA is way too much for the level of problem you have-5, My father cleared his throat and turned to me with a genial face he usually reserved for strangers.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • "Just a minute, sir," said Atticus genially.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • ’Reality control’, they called it: in Newspeak, ’doublethink’ ’Stand easy!’ barked the instructress, a little more genially.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • He was a genial freebooter, living off the enemy, without fear or shame.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • It suffices to say that at some point in time, I will be standing over you, as genially as possible.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Passepartout smiled his most genial smile, and said, "Never too late."
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • The pleasant showers and genial warmth of spring greatly altered the aspect of the earth.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • "I’m on’y jokin’," he said, patting Harry genially on the back and sending him face first into the table.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • They meet the doctor, a genial man in his early forties.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • She had a genial, erudite face and a pleasingly fluid voice.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • There were other photos too, mainly of young Soviet soldiers shaking hands with peasants, planting apple saplings, building homes, always smiling genially.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • She has genially offered me a glass and I have declined.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • The course terminated, and Mr. Pumblechook had begun to beam under the genial influence of gin and water.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • He knew so much and was so genial that it was impossible to feel dull in his presence.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • He was at his kindest and most genial, setting the woman at her ease.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • Gentle, genially dignified, a scholar with work-calloused hands and sunburned neck, he’d been a classmate of Herb’s at Kansas State University.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • The loud speakers veiled their commands in a genial and musical politeness.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • His manners were reserved, cold, polished, not very genial.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Leprechauns in general were not known for their geniality.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • Then he began to chat of all things except ourselves and diseases and with such an infinite geniality that I could see poor Lucy’s pretense of animation merge into reality.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • The genial, playful, puppyish side of him found little expression.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • His features were pretty yet, and his eye and complexion brighter than I remembered them, though with merely temporary lustre borrowed from the salubrious air and genial sun.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • If there yet lurked any ice of indifference towards me in the Pagan’s breast, this pleasant, genial smoke we had, soon thawed it out, and left us cronies.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • In a moment he restrained himself so powerfully that the tempestuous heaving of his breast subsided, as turbulent and foaming waves yield to the sun’s genial influence when the cloud has passed.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Hale sat with his feet up on the stove, his back propped against a battered desk strewn with papers: the place, like the man, was warm, genial and untidy.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • The stranger’s face was not genial, it was even cold and severe, but in spite of this, both the face and words of his new acquaintance were irresistibly attractive to Pierre.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The geniality, as was the way of the man, was somewhat theatrical to the eye; but it reposed on genuine feeling.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • ’Dangerous?’ said Hagrid, looking genially bemused.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • A semiretired man, genial but wary, killing time.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Finny got up, patted my head genially, and moved on across the field, not deigning to glance around for my counterattack, but relying on his extrasensory ears, his ability to feel in the air someone coming on him from behind.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • So soft was her step, it failed to make even a sound, and but for the magical thrill imparted by her genial touch, as other unobtrusive beauties, she would have glided away un-perceived—unsought.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • And ’This is Giles,’ said Maxim, prodding my arm, and Giles stretched out an enormous paw and wrung my hand, squeezing the fingers limp, genial eyes smiling from behind horn-rimmed glasses.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • Joe sensed a mild geniality in her and it made him feel good.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • He was a genial, magnanimous lead navigator who could always forgive the other man in the squadron for denouncing him furiously each time he got lost on a combat mission and led them over concentrations of antiaircraft fire.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • THE NOTE TAKER [turning on him genially] And how are all your people down at Selsey?
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
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