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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.


  1. Gracious

    Gracious was a British progressive rock band that existed from 1967 to 1971 and released three studio albums: Gracious! (1970, Vertigo/Capitol), This Is... (1972, Philips), and Echo (1996).


  1. gracious

    Gracious refers to being courteous, kind, and pleasant, especially towards someone of lower social status. It can also mean showing divine grace or mercy, or displaying qualities associated with elegance, tact and good taste. Additionally, it can imply generosity of spirit, a readiness to show appreciation or give freely.

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. Central Command Twitter feed:

    In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, the CyberCaliphate continues its CyberJihad.

  2. Stephen Collins:

    I did have an opportunity to do so with one of the women, 15 years later, i apologized and she was extraordinarily gracious. But after I learned in the course of my treatment that my being direct about such matters could actually make things worse for them by opening old wounds, I have not approached the other two women, one of whom is now in her 50s and the other in her 30s.

  3. Diane Gottsman:

    A gracious guest is not going to make another guest feel uncomfortable. And a gracious host and a good host will never want their guest to feel uncomfortable by making them feel uncomfortable for not eating.

  4. Homer:

    May the gods grant you all things which your heart desires, and may they give you a husband and a home and gracious concord, for there is nothing greater and better than this -when a husband and wife keep a household in oneness of mind, a great woe to their enemies and joy to their friends, and win high renown.

  5. Alfred Austin:

    So long as faith with freedom reigns And loyal hope survives, And gracious charity remains To leaven lowly lives; While there is one untrodden tract For intellect or will, And men are free to think and act, Life is worth living still.

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