Genial gods
Genial Gen"ial, a. [L. genialis: cf. OF. genial. See {Genius}.] 1. Contributing to, or concerned in, propagation or production; generative; procreative; productive. ``The genial bed.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Creator Venus, genial power of love. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

So much I feel my genial spirits droop. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. Belonging to one's genius or natural character; native; natural; inborn. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Natural incapacity and genial indisposition. --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster]

4. Denoting or marked with genius; belonging to the higher nature. [R.] [1913 Webster]

Men of genius have often attached the highest value to their less genial works. --Hare. [1913 Webster]

{Genial gods} (Pagan Mythol.), the powers supposed to preside over marriage and generation. [1913 Webster]


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