Definitions

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  • n. The state of being graceful.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The condition or quality of being graceful; elegance of manner or deportment; beauty with dignity in manner, motion, or countenance.
  • n. A state of grace; excellence.
  • n. Graciousness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. beautiful carriage

Etymologies

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graceful +‎ -ness

Examples

  • Marionettentheater, whose gracefulness is "not an end in itself, but a device to impress the teacher":

    Professing Literature: John Guillory's Misreading of Paul de Man

  • He went through his duties with untiring assiduity, and with a kind of gracefulness, which by mere description can scarcely be made intelligible to those who are unacquainted with the manners of the Asiatics.

    Eothen

  • They had lost somehow or other that look of gracefulness which is so characteristic of them in their own country, and on a closer examination I found the cause to be their being clad in at least a dozen _kimonos_, [2] put on one over the other to keep the cold out.

    Corea or Cho-sen The Land of the Morning Calm

  • Children, careless of pleasing, and only anxious to amuse themselves, are often very graceful; and the nobility who have mostly lived with inferiours, and always had the command of money, acquire a graceful case of deportment, which should rather be termed habitual grace of body, than that superiour gracefulness which is truly the expression of the mind.

    A vindication of the rights of woman

  • He went through his duties with untiring assiduity, and with a kind of gracefulness, which by mere description can scarcely be made intelligible to those who are unacquainted with the manners of the

    Eothen, or, Traces of Travel Brought Home from the East

  • Children, careless of pleasing, and only anxious to amuse themselves, are often very graceful; and the nobility who have mostly lived with inferiours, and always had the command of money, acquire a graceful ease of deportment, which should rather be termed habitual grace of body, than that superiour gracefulness which is truly the expression of the mind.

    Chap. V

  • "gracefulness" in landscape, I should send him neither to Italy nor to

    Selections From the Works of John Ruskin

  • They are immoderately fond of dancing, and indeed it is almost the only amusement they partake of: but even in this they discover great want of taste and elegance, and seldom appear with that gracefulness and ease, which these movements are so calculated to display.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • It is fiercely vigorous, but in its execution there is no attempt at gracefulness; no attention to positions, of which the old dancing-masters told us there were five; there was little attempt at step—it was simply ‘jigging’ or as sometimes called clog dancing.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • This allows the men to show the gracefulness and the women the athleticism that their respective roles in the classic pas de deux do not always highlight.

    Larissa Archer: Lines Ballet's Resin Breaks Down Ballet's Conventions

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