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cordial

adjective uk   /ˈkɔː.di.əl/ us    /ˈkɔːr.dʒəl/ formal

cordial adjective (FRIENDLY)

friendly, but formal and polite: a cordial smile/greeting/welcome/reception Relations between the two leaders are said to be cordial.

cordial adjective (STRONG)

(of a feeling, especially dislike) strong: The two statesmen are known to have a cordial dislike for each other.
cordially
adverb uk   /-i/ formal us  
You are cordially invited to attend our annual wine-tasting evening. On a personal level, they came to be cordially disliked.

cordial

noun [U] uk   /ˈkɔː.di.əl/ us    /ˈkɔːr.dʒəl/
UK a sweet drink made from fruit, to which water is usually added: lime cordial US → liqueur
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