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Webster 1913 Edition


Gracious

Gra′cious

(grā′shŭs)
,
Adj.
[F.
gracieux
, L.
gratiosus
. See
Grace
.]
1.
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
.
A god ready to pardon,
gracious
and merciful.
Neh. ix. 17.
So hallowed and so
gracious
in the time.
Shakespeare
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.
Shakespeare
Syn. – Favorable; kind; benevolent; friendly; beneficent; benignant; merciful.

Webster 1828 Edition


Gracious

GRA'CIOUS

,
Adj.
[L. gratiosus.]
1.
Favorable; kind; friendly; as,the envoy met with a gracious reception.
2.
Favorable; kind; benevolent; merciful; disposed to forgive offenses and impart unmerited blessings.
Thou are a God ready to pardon, gracious and
merciful. Neh.9.
3.
Favorable; expressing kindness and favor.
All bore him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded from his mouth. Luke 4.
4.
Proceeding from divine grace; as a person in a gracious state.
5. Acceptable; favored.
He made us gracious before the kings of Persia. [Little used.] 1 Esdras.
6.
Renewed or implanted by grace; as gracious affections.
7.
Virtuous; good.
8.
Excellent; graceful; becoming.

Definition 2023


gracious

gracious

English

Alternative forms

Adjective

gracious (comparative more gracious, superlative most gracious)

  1. kind and warmly courteous
  2. tactful
  3. compassionate
  4. indulgent, charming and graceful
  5. elegant and with good taste
  6. benignant
  7. full of grace

Derived terms

Translations

Interjection

gracious

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