SAT Vocabulary—Convivial1 min read

The festivities of Oktoberfest reflect the convivial nature of the celebration's founder, King Ludwig I of Bavaria.
The lively festivities of Oktoberfest reflect the convivial nature of the celebration’s founder, King Ludwig I of Bavaria.

This Week’s Word: Convivial /kənˈvɪv i əl/ adj.

Convivial can be used to describe your one friend who is not shy and always ready to party. It can also be used to convey a particularly festive, lively, or amiable mood.

Synonyms: Friendly, amiable, festive, merry

Etymology: Convivial comes from the Latin convivialis, which describes something that is fit for a convivium, or “feast.” If we break down the word further, we find that it is a combination of the roots con, which (you might know from Spanish class) means “with,” and vivere, meaning “live,” so the original Latin, convivere, merely meant to live or carouse together.

Sample: The hostess was praised for her ability to create a convivial atmosphere with such short notice.

Sample 2: Lydia loved Xander’s conviviality; no matter where the two went, people were captivated by his genial spirit and ability to have a good time.

 

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