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 Dictionary entry overview: What does gracious mean? 

GRACIOUS (adjective)
  The adjective GRACIOUS has 4 senses:

1. characterized by charm, good taste, and generosity of spirit
2. characterized by kindness and warm courtesy especially of a king to his subjects
3. exhibiting courtesy and politeness
4. disposed to bestow favors

  Familiarity information: GRACIOUS used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

GRACIOUS (adjective)

Sense 1gracious [BACK TO TOP]


Characterized by charm, good taste, and generosity of spirit

Context examples:

gracious even to unexpected visitors / gracious living / he bears insult with gracious good humor


elegant; graceful; refined (suggesting taste, ease, and wealth)

merciful ((used conventionally of royalty and high nobility) gracious)


friendly (characteristic of or befitting a friend)

refined ((used of persons and their behavior) cultivated and genteel)


ungracious (lacking charm and good taste)

Sense 2gracious [BACK TO TOP]


Characterized by kindness and warm courtesy especially of a king to his subjects


benignant; gracious

Context example:

our benignant king


kind (having or showing a tender and considerate and helpful nature; used especially of persons and their behavior)

Sense 3gracious [BACK TO TOP]


Exhibiting courtesy and politeness


courteous; gracious; nice

Context example:

a nice gesture


polite (showing regard for others in manners, speech, behavior, etc.)

Sense 4gracious [BACK TO TOP]


Disposed to bestow favors

Context example:

thanks to the gracious gods


propitious (presenting favorable circumstances; likely to result in or show signs or success)

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