genial \ ˈjēn-yəl , ˈjē-nē-əl \ adjective
1. diffusing warmth and friendliness
2. agreeably mild; conducive to comfort
The word genial has appeared in 105 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Nov. 5 in “‘Operation Christmas Drop’ Review: Heavy Military Presents” by Kyle Turner:
Everything in “Operation Christmas Drop” falls predictably into place like children nestled all snug in their beds. Each plot point and character dynamic appears predetermined, and not in a seasonally charming way.
The icy and professionally stifled legislative aide, Erica (Kat Graham), is sent by her Grinchy congresswoman boss (Virginia Madsen) to evaluate the efficiency of a U.S. Air Force base in Guam. There, she goes toe to toe with Andrew (Alexander Ludwig), a genial Air Force captain who spearheads the operation of the title, where gifts are parachuted to people on neighboring islands. He must convince the Scrooge-like local mayor (Aaron Douglas) to help contribute to the mission of American altruism. And Erica’s assignment might be aborted in favor of holiday miracles.
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