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Genial


GE'NIAL, adjective [Latin genialis, from geno, gigno, ]

1. Contributing to propagation or production; that causes to produce.

Creator, Venus, genial power of love.

2. Gay; merry.

3. Enlivening; contributing to life and cheerfulness; supporting life.

So much I feel my genial spirits droop.

4. Native; natural. [Not usual.]

The genial gods, in pagan antiquity, were supposed to preside over generation, as earth, air, fire and water.