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GRACIOUS

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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]

Meaning:

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

Similar:

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

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

Also:

friendly (characteristic of or befitting a friend)

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

Antonym:

ungracious (lacking charm and good taste)


Sense 2gracious [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Synonyms:

benignant; gracious

Context example:

our benignant king

Similar:

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


Sense 3gracious [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Exhibiting courtesy and politeness

Synonyms:

courteous; gracious; nice

Context example:

a nice gesture

Similar:

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


Sense 4gracious [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Disposed to bestow favors

Context example:

thanks to the gracious gods

Similar:

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


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