AskDefine | Define gracious

Dictionary Definition

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 doing or producing good [syn: beneficent, benevolent]
3 characterized by kindness and warm courtesy especially of a king to his subjects; "our benignant king" [syn: benignant]
4 exhibiting courtesy and politeness; "a nice gesture" [syn: courteous, nice]
5 disposed to bestow favors; "thanks to the gracious gods"

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  1. Expressing surprise

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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