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Wordnet 3.0


1. characterized by charm, good taste, and generosity of spirit;
- Example: "gracious even to unexpected visitors"
- Example: "gracious living"
- Example: "he bears insult with gracious good humor"

2. characterized by kindness and warm courtesy especially of a king to his subjects;
- Example: "our benignant king"
[syn: benignant, gracious]

3. exhibiting courtesy and politeness;
- Example: "a nice gesture"
[syn: courteous, gracious, nice]

4. disposed to bestow favors;
- Example: "thanks to the gracious gods"

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

gracious adj 1: characterized by charm, good taste, and generosity of spirit; "gracious even to unexpected visitors"; "gracious living"; "he bears insult with gracious good humor" [ant: ungracious] 2: characterized by kindness and warm courtesy especially of a king to his subjects; "our benignant king" [syn: benignant, gracious] 3: exhibiting courtesy and politeness; "a nice gesture" [syn: courteous, gracious, nice] 4: disposed to bestow favors; "thanks to the gracious gods"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

172 Moby Thesaurus words for "gracious": Bohemian, Christian, Christlike, Christly, accommodating, affable, affectionate, agreeable, amiable, amicable, approachable, attentive, beneficent, benevolent, benign, benignant, bighearted, blissful, bonhomous, bounteous, bountiful, brotherly, casual, cheerful, chivalrous, civil, civilized, clubby, compassionate, compatible, complaisant, compliant, congenial, considerate, cordial, courteous, courtly, cultivated, cultured, dainty, decent, deferential, degage, delicate, desirable, discriminating, easygoing, elegant, en rapport, enjoyable, fair, fair and pleasant, familiar, fastidious, felicific, felicitous, fine, folksy, forthcoming, fraternal, free, free and easy, freehanded, freehearted, friendly, gallant, generous, genial, giving, good, good-natured, goodly, graceful, gracile, grateful, gratifying, greathearted, handsome, harmonious, haymish, heart-warming, hearty, homely, homey, honeyed, hospitable, human, humane, indulgent, informal, irregular, kind, kindhearted, kindly, kindly-disposed, large, largehearted, lavish, liberal, likable, loose, loving, magnanimous, mannered, mellifluous, mellow, munificent, natural, neighborly, nice, obliging, offhand, offhanded, oh, open, openhanded, openhearted, outgoing, overindulgent, overpermissive, permissive, plain, pleasant, pleasing, pleasurable, pleasure-giving, pleasureful, polished, polite, princely, profuse, receptive, refined, relaxed, respectful, rewarding, satisfying, simple, sociable, softhearted, solicitous, sophisticated, starchy, stately, stintless, subtle, sweet, sympathetic, sympathizing, tactful, tender, tenderhearted, thoughtful, unaffected, unassuming, unceremonious, unconstrained, unconventional, ungrudging, unofficial, unselfish, unsparing, unstinted, unstinting, unstudied, urbane, warm, warm-hearted, warmhearted, welcome, welcoming, well-mannered