Definition of uncongenial in English:


Line breaks: un|con¦gen¦ial
Pronunciation: /ʌnkənˈdʒiːnɪəl


  • 1(Of a person) not friendly or pleasant to be with: uncongenial dining companions
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    • The social upheavals and conflicts, the end of tsarist-style deference, and in particular the flow of peasants into the towns had meant that in public people were uncongenial and at home led narrow lives.
    • Well, seeing as I seem to be at my rudest and my uncongenial when around you, I certainly hope not.
    • He was seen as an effective leader, despite being taciturn and uncongenial.
  • 1.1Unsuitable and therefore unlikely to promote success or well-being: the religious climate proved uncongenial to such ideas
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    • Further, the style of Siloti's artistic life was utterly uncongenial to the post-1914 era and especially the American world.
    • Grenville found the post uncongenial and his successes were few.
    • There is not much artistic possibility to be found in caring for a sick friend, enduring an unhappy marriage, performing uncongenial work.

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