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genial   WordNet 2.0

- conducive to comfort

- beneficial
"the genial sunshine"
"a kind climate"
"hot summer pavements are anything but kind to the feet"

 
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- diffusing warmth and friendliness
"an affable smile"
"an amiable gathering"
"cordial relations"
"a cordial greeting"
"a genial host"

 
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- of or relating to the chin or median part of the lower jaw

 
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Genial   Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

1. Same as Genian.

 
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1. Contributing to, or concerned in, propagation or production; generative; procreative; productive. "The genial bed." Milton.

"Creator Venus, genial power of love." -- Dryden.

2. Contributing to, and sympathizing with, the enjoyment of life; sympathetically cheerful and cheering; jovial and inspiring joy or happiness; exciting pleasure and sympathy; enlivening; kindly; as, she was of a cheerful and genial disposition.

"So much I feel my genial spirits droop." -- Milton.

3. Belonging to one's genius or natural character; native; natural; inborn. [Obs.]

"Natural incapacity and genial indisposition." -- Sir T. Browne.

4. Denoting or marked with genius; belonging to the higher nature. [R.]

"Men of genius have often attached the highest value to their less genial works." -- Hare.

Genial gods
(Pagan Mythol.), the powers supposed to preside over marriage and generation.

 
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