adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French gracieus, from Latin gratiosus enjoying favor, agreeable, from gratia Date: 14th century 1. a. obsolete godly b. archaic pleasing, acceptable 2. a. marked by kindness and courtesy <
a gracious host
b. graceful c. marked by tact and delicacy ; urbane d. characterized by charm, good taste, generosity of spirit, and the tasteful leisure of wealth and good breeding <
gracious living
3. merciful, compassionate — used conventionally of royalty and high nobility • graciously adverbgraciousness noun Synonyms: gracious, cordial, affable, genial, sociable mean markedly pleasant and easy in social intercourse. gracious implies courtesy and kindly consideration <
the gracious award winner thanked her colleagues
. cordial stresses warmth and heartiness <
our host was cordial as he greeted us
. affable implies easy approachability and readiness to respond pleasantly to conversation or requests or proposals <
though wealthy, she was affable to all
. genial stresses cheerfulness and even joviality <
a genial companion with a ready quip
. sociable suggests a genuine liking for the companionship of others <
sociable people who enjoy entertaining

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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