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Definition friendly — usually warm and heartfelt, but possibly only polite

More rarely, "cordial" can refer to a strong highly flavored sweet liquor usually drunk after a meal. Even more rarely, it can refer to a strong feeling such as dislike.
  • The countries share a long border and have cordial relations.
cordial = friendly
  • We had a cordial exchange of ideas.
  • She greeted us cordially.
  • With most of her possessions gone and her beloved yard a shambles, she still took a lively and cordial interest in Jem's and my affairs.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • cordial = friendly
  • I was never given a more cordial hearing anywhere.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • cordial = friendly
  • The Judge questioned me quite calmly and even, I thought, with a hint of cordiality.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • cordiality = friendliness
  • They've been awfully cordial to me.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • cordial = friendly
  • Mrs. Braddocks insisted cordially.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Sun Also Rises
  • cordially = in a friendly way
  • 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
  • cordiality = friendliness
  • "A hain't lives there," he said cordially, pointing to the Radley house.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • cordially = in a friendly way
  • gave us a cordial reception
  • a cordial regard for his visitor's comfort
  • Not like they're dating, but at least they're cordial.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • To me he was cordial and kind, saying nothing of my escapade either in the way of blame or praise.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • Do, Paulina; For this affliction has a taste as sweet As any cordial comfort.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Winter's Tale
  • "The same to you," said Gabriel cordially.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • "Thank you for returning my call," he said, with the same cordial formality he had shown when Amanda and Dawson had met with him.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Best of Me
  • I well remembered what a desolate feeling it was to be alone among strangers, and I went up to him and greeted him cordially.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • And then, almost for the first time, Lucy remembered the precious cordial that had been given her for a Christmas present.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • 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

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