genial gods


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.
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            Creator Venus, genial power of love.  --Dryden.
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   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.
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            So much I feel my genial spirits droop. --Milton.
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   3. Belonging to one's genius or natural character; native;
      natural; inborn. [Obs.]
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            Natural incapacity and genial indisposition. --Sir
                                                  T. Browne.
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   4. Denoting or marked with genius; belonging to the higher
      nature. [R.]
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            Men of genius have often attached the highest value
            to their less genial works.           --Hare.
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   Genial gods (Pagan Mythol.), the powers supposed to preside
      over marriage and generation.
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