Definition of Gracious

1. Adjective. Characterized by charm, good taste, and generosity of spirit. "He bears insult with gracious good humor"

Also: Friendly, Refined
Similar to: Elegant, Graceful, Refined, Merciful
Derivative terms: Grace, Graciousness
Antonyms: Ungracious

2. Adjective. Characterized by kindness and warm courtesy especially of a king to his subjects. "Our benignant king"
Exact synonyms: Benignant
Similar to: Kind
Derivative terms: Grace, Graciousness

3. Adjective. Exhibiting courtesy and politeness. "A nice gesture"
Exact synonyms: Courteous, Nice
Similar to: Polite
Derivative terms: Grace, Graciousness, Niceness

4. Adjective. Disposed to bestow favors. "Thanks to the gracious gods"
Similar to: Propitious
Derivative terms: Graciousness

Definition of Gracious

1. a. Abounding in grace or mercy; manifesting love, or bestowing mercy; characterized by grace; beneficent; merciful; disposed to show kindness or favor; condescending; as, his most gracious majesty.

Definition of Gracious

1. Adjective. kind and warmly courteous ¹

2. Adjective. tactful ¹

3. Adjective. compassionate ¹

4. Adjective. indulgent ¹

5. Adjective. charming and graceful ¹

6. Adjective. elegant and with good taste ¹

7. Interjection. expression of surprise, contempt, outrage, disgust, boredom, frustration. ¹

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Definition of Gracious

1. marked by kindness and courtesy [adj]

Medical Definition of Gracious

1. 1. Abounding in grace or mercy; manifesting love,. Or bestowing mercy; characterised by grace; beneficent; merciful; disposed to show kindness or favor; condescending; as, his most gracious majesty. "A god ready to pardon, gracious and merciful." (Neh. Ix. 17) "So hallowed and so gracious in the time." (Shak) 2. Abounding in beauty, loveliness, or amiability; graceful; excellent. "Since the birth of Cain, the first male child, . . . There was not such a gracious creature born." (Shak) 3. Produced by divine grace; influenced or controlled by the divine influence; as, gracious affections. Synonym: Favorable, kind, benevolent, friendly, beneficent, benignant, merciful. Origin: F. Gracieux, L. Gratiosus. See Grace. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Gracious

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Literary usage of Gracious

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1. The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain (2001)
"The soldier brought his halberd to a present-arms and said mockingly,— “I salute your gracious Highness. ... “I SALUTE YOUR gracious HIGHNESS! ..."

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