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ˈgreɪ ʃəsgra·cious

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. graciousadjective

    characterized by charm, good taste, and generosity of spirit

    "gracious even to unexpected visitors"; "gracious living"; "he bears insult with gracious good humor"

  2. benignant, graciousadjective

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

    "our benignant king"

  3. courteous, gracious, niceadjective

    exhibiting courtesy and politeness

    "a nice gesture"

  4. graciousadjective

    disposed to bestow favors

    "thanks to the gracious gods"


  1. graciousadjective

    kind and warmly courteous

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  5. graciousadjective

    charming and graceful

  6. graciousadjective

    elegant and with good taste

  7. graciousinterjection

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. GRACIOUSadjective

    Etymology: gracieux, French.

    Common sense and reason could not but tell them, that the good and gracious God could not be pleased, nor consequently worshipped, with any thing barbarous or cruel. Robert South, Serm.

    To be good and gracious, and a lover of knowledge, are two of the most amiable things. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    And the Lord was gracious unto them, and had compassion on them. 2 Kings xiii. 23.

    From now reveal
    A gracious beam of light; from now inspire
    My tongue to sing, my hand to touch the lyre. Matthew Prior.

    Doctrine is much more profitable and gracious by example than by rule. Edmund Spenser.

    He made us gracious before the kings of Persia, so that they gave us food. 1 Esdr. viii. 80.

    Goring, who was now general of the horse, was no more gracious to prince Rupert than Wilmot had been. Edward Hyde.

    Kings are no less unhappy, their issue not being gracious, than they are in losing them when they have approved their virtues. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    The grievous abuse which hath been of counsels, should rather cause men to study how so gracious a thing may again be reduced to that first perfection. Richard Hooker, b. i. s. 10.

    Our womens names are more gracious than their Rutilia, that is, red head. William Camden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Graciousadjective

    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

  2. Graciousadjective

    abounding in beauty, loveliness, or amiability; graceful; excellent

  3. Graciousadjective

    produced by divine grace; influenced or controlled by the divine influence; as, gracious affections

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gracious in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gracious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of gracious in a Sentence

  1. Roberto Reyes:

    The few residents I did speak to today, a lot of people werent home today, unfortunately,but the few residents I did speak to today were surprised to see me obviously, but once they were explained the circumstances, they were very gracious.

  2. David Gridley, Indiantown:

    Swearing is like any other music...If it is not done well, if it is not done with a fine and discriminating art, and vitalized with gracious and heartborn feeling, it lacks beauty, it lacks charm, it lacks expression, it lacks nobleness, it lacks majesty...

  3. Helen Keller:

    Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourses of my book friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness.

  4. Naghmeh Abedini:

    I am extremely thankful the president took the time to meet with our family and told us that securing the release of my husband is a top priority, the president was focused and gracious, showing concern to me and my children. I know that this meeting could not have occurred without prayer and I am grateful to the many people around the country and world who continue to pray for Saeed’s release.

  5. Bill Cassara:

    When you got to know Terry, you could tell he had an interest in helping others and appreciated law enforcement, as for Doris, she was warm, gracious and just incredibly charming. I think they found peace here. The Carmel community was small enough that they could come and go as they pleased without being noticed.

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    feelings of great warmth and intensity
    • A. scalawag
    • B. fervidness
    • C. swathing
    • D. defilement

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