Gracious Gra"cious (gr[=a]"sh[u^]s), a. [F. gracieux, L. gratiosus. See {Grace}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

A god ready to pardon, gracious and merciful. --Neh. ix. 17. [1913 Webster]

So hallowed and so gracious in the time. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Abounding in beauty, loveliness, or amiability; graceful; excellent. [1913 Webster]

Since the birth of Cain, the first male child, . . . There was not such a gracious creature born. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Produced by divine grace; influenced or controlled by the divine influence; as, gracious affections.

Syn: Favorable; kind; benevolent; friendly; beneficent; benignant; merciful. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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