amiable

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj amiable diffusing warmth and friendliness "an affable smile","an amiable gathering","cordial relations","a cordial greeting","a genial host"
    • adj amiable disposed to please "an amiable villain with a cocky sidelong grin"- Hal Hinson"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Amiable Done out of love. "Lay an amiable siege to the honesty of this Ford's wife."
    • Amiable Friendly; kindly; sweet; gracious; as, an amiable temper or mood; amiable ideas.
    • Amiable Lovable; lovely; pleasing. "So amiable a prospect."
    • Amiable Possessing sweetness of disposition; having sweetness of temper, kind-heartedness, etc., which causes one to be liked; as, an amiable woman.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • amiable Friendly; kindly; amicable.
    • amiable Exciting or tending to excite love or delight; lovable; lovely; beautiful; delightful; pleasing.
    • amiable Specifically, possessing or exhibiting agreeable moral qualities, as sweetness of temper, kind-heartedness, and the like; having an excellent disposition: as, an amiable girl; an amiable disposition.
    • amiable Synonyms Engaging, benignant, sweet-tempered, kind-hearted, lovely in character.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Amiable ām′i-a-bl lovable: worthy of love: of sweet disposition
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Quotations

  • William Ellery Channing
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    “Natural amiableness is too often seen in company with sloth, with uselessness, with the vanity of fashionable life.”
  • Anne Sophie Swetchine
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    “How easy to be amiable in the midst of happiness and success.”
  • Seneca
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    “No one is better born than another, unless they are born with better abilities and a more amiable disposition.”
  • Joseph Addison
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    “Good nature is more agreeable in conversation than wit and gives a certain air to the countenance which is more amiable than beauty.”
  • Lord Byron
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    “Her great merit is finding out mine -- there is nothing so amiable as discernment.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
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    “It destroys one's nerve to be amiable every day to the same human being.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. amiable, L. amicabilis, friendly, fr. amicus, friend, fr. amare, to love. The meaning has been influenced by F. aimable, L. amabilis, lovable, fr. amare, to love. Cf. Amicable Amorous Amability
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. amiable, friendly—L. amicabilis, from amicus, a friend; there is a confusion in meaning with O. Fr. amable (mod. Fr. aimable), lovable—L. amabilisam-āre, to love.

Usage

In literature:

She demurred to his remark about her father's amiability.
"Blacksheep! Blacksheep!" by Meredith Nicholson
Peter, a young man, amiable for the superior qualities of his body and mind, was beheaded for refusing to sacrifice to Venus.
"Fox's Book of Martyrs" by John Foxe
Fond of conversation, and abounding in humorous anecdote, Malcolm was especially esteemed for his gentle and amiable deportment.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
The amiable Lord Halifax was appointed Foreign Secretary.
"Secret Armies" by John L. Spivak
Kate, too, was disposed to be amiable: "I will show them to you sometime," she said promptly.
"Laramie Holds the Range" by Frank H. Spearman
It even made the latter feel amiably disposed to Cloudbrow.
"The Buffalo Runners" by R.M. Ballantyne
After Mr. Pickwick's disclosures, he becomes very rational and amiable.
"Pickwickian Studies" by Percy Fitzgerald
Those Who were about his person became attached to him, because they found him amiable and indulgent.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 379, May, 1847" by Various
But with real amiability they wished the stranger well in his going.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
He was very witty, and apparently very amiable.
"Valerie" by Frederick Marryat
But I also see Sydney Grey growing manly, and his sisters amiable, under Margaret's eye.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
The hopes of his party were suddenly dispelled by the death of the amiable prince whom he controlled, 6th of July, 1553.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
Josephine, who seldom wore jewels, very amiably complied with their request.
"Hortense, Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
With a smile that he intended to be amiable, Peyrolles sat down.
"The Duke's Motto" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
Let me introduce this amiable young man to you without delay, Mr. Kennedy.
"Aladdin of London" by Sir Max Pemberton
He was talking amiably to another man, and as I passed smiled at me through his pince-nez.
"Hurricane Island" by H. B. Marriott Watson
So, at the door, he turned and grinned amiably on the group.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily
She became sweet and tactful again, and refined, the amiable woman of the world.
"The Limit" by Ada Leverson
No, Emma, your amiable young man can be amiable only in French, not in English.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
The pathos in CYMBELINE is not violent or tragical, but of the most pleasing and amiable kind.
"Hazlitt on English Literature" by Jacob Zeitlin
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In poetry:

The beauty and the comeliness
Of this Almighty shall
Make amiable with lasting bliss
Those he thereto shall call.
"Of Heaven" by John Bunyan
My God, what endless pleasures dwell
Above at thy right hand
Thy courts below, how amiable!
Where all thy graces stand!
"Hymn 42" by Isaac Watts
My trees are amiably arrayed
In pattern on the dappled sky,
And I may sit in filtered shade
And watch the tidy years go by.
"Story Of Mrs. W-" by Dorothy Parker
Bill Bowls was an amiable gentle youth,
And concerning him I'll relate the truth;
His mother wanted to make him a Tailor,
But Bill's Father said he was cut out for a Sailor.
"Bill Bowls, the Sailor" by William Topaz McGonagall
It was a robber's daughter, and her name was ALICE BROWN,
Her father was the terror of a small Italian town;
Her mother was a foolish, weak, but amiable old thing;
But it isn't of her parents that I'm going for to sing.
"Gentle Alice Brown" by William Schwenck Gilbert
And now, since the war in France with us is o'er,
And Edward, our son, about to marry the lady he does adore,
The most amiable and lovely Countess of Kent;
Therefore, I hope they will happy live together and never repent.
"Jack o' the Cudgel" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Include the amiable Fraser-Pryce among those sprinters who felt the sting of a drug scandal.
Popularity of amiable host continues to grow.
Now in its 10th season, viewers are still responding to its amiable host.
An Amiable Watchdog for Hospital Quality, Safety.
Scanvec Amiable has upgraded its PhotoPRINT family of print-management software for large-format printing.
I can't count the number of insults I've weathered very amiably simply because I had no idea I should have been offended.
George Allen, a former Virginia governor and senator, is standing in a suit and tie in his Old Town Alexandria office, chatting amiably about his experiments in the garden and a whirlwind summer that took him from a prayer breakfast in.
Despite its amiable demeanor, "Saved" does not offer born-again, musical-theater salvation.
Whether the flute is light or dark, amiable or exotic, it's always lyrical.
He also has a Fozzie Bear-like amiability that is endlessly endearing ("wocka-wocka").
During Mr Pocock's tenure as artistic director, the festival quickly developed a reputation for amiable eccentricity, visiting itself on relatively obscure performers in midcareer.
Pine grosbeak : An amiable bird.
Bill Murray makes Big Apple sauce of New York, New York, in his latest comedy, an amiable comment on the vagaries of metropolitan life.
In fact, Kelly — a tall, amiable young woman who dabbled in prostitution to make ends meet — may not have been the Ripper 's final victim at all.
Once upon a time, a madman and an amiable dunce (who happened to be king of a large and powerful country) were trying to figure out a way to protect the kingdom from an evil empire across the sea.
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In science:

But the KLT is only one transformation that can make the feature space more amiable for classification.
Basics of Feature Selection and Statistical Learning for High Energy Physics
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