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)



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