from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Characterized by kindness and warm courtesy.
- adj. Characterized by tact and propriety: responded to the insult with gracious humor.
- adj. Of a merciful or compassionate nature.
- adj. Condescendingly courteous; indulgent.
- adj. Characterized by charm or beauty; graceful.
- adj. Characterized by elegance and good taste: gracious living.
- adj. Archaic Enjoying favor or grace; acceptable or pleasing.
- interj. Used to express surprise or mild emotion.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. kind and warmly courteous
- adj. tactful
- adj. compassionate
- adj. indulgent
- adj. charming and graceful
- adj. elegant and with good taste
- interj. expression of surprise, contempt, outrage, disgust, boredom, frustration.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Abounding in grace or mercy; manifesting love, or bestowing mercy; characterized by grace; beneficent; merciful; disposed to show kindness or favor; condescending.
- adj. Abounding in beauty, loveliness, or amiability; graceful; excellent.
- adj. Produced by divine grace; influenced or controlled by the divine influence.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Full of grace or favor; disposed to show good will, or to exercise favor or kindness; beneficent; benignant.
- Characterized by or exhibiting favor or kindness; friendly; kind; courteous: now usually implying condescension.
- Characterized by or endowed with divine or saving grace; righteous; virtuous.
- Attractive; agreeable; acceptable; excellent; graceful; becoming; beautiful.
- an exclamation of surprise, originally a mild oath, good or gracious God. Synonyms and Kind, Good-natured, etc. (see benignant); benevolent, condescending, lenient, affable, familiar, civil, courteous.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. characterized by kindness and warm courtesy especially of a king to his subjects
- adj. disposed to bestow favors
- adj. exhibiting courtesy and politeness
- adj. characterized by charm, good taste, and generosity of spirit
Middle English, from Old French gracieus, from Latin grātiōsus, from grātia, good will; see grace.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old French gracieus, from Latin gratiosus, from gratia ("esteem,favor"). See grace. Displaced native Old English hold ("gracious"). (Wiktionary)