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MEANING: adjective: Cheerful; good-humored.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin jovialis (of Jupiter), from Jov- (Jupiter). The word Jupiter is from Latin Jovis pater (father Jove). The planet Jupiter is named after the Roman god Jupiter and those born under the influence of this planet were supposed to be good-humored. Ultimately from the Indo-European root dyeu- (to shine) that is also the source of diva, divine, Jupiter, Jove, July, Zeus, and Sanskrit deva (god). Earliest documented use: 1590.


DOVIAL - avoiding conflict; peace-loiving

JORIAL - Superman'e Kryptonian father with hiccups

JOVINAL - a barbiturate that makes you feel Godike