Definition of


  1. (adj, all) disposed to bestow favors
  2. (adj, all) exhibiting courtesy and politeness
  3. (adj, all) characterized by charm, good taste, and generosity of spirit
    gracious living
    he bears insult with gracious good humor
  4. (adj, all) characterized by kindness and warm courtesy especially of a king to his subjects

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Synonyms of Gracious

benignant, courteous, nice

Antonyms of Gracious


Alternate forms of Gracious

Derivations: grace, graciousness

Origin of the word Gracious

  1. c.1300, from O.Fr. gracious (Mod.Fr. gracieux), from L. gratiosus, from gratia (see grace). As an exclamation, elliptically for gracious God, attested from 1713. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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