gracious


From 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.
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            A god ready to pardon, gracious and merciful. --Neh.
                                                  ix. 17.
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            So hallowed and so gracious in the time. --Shak.
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   2. Abounding in beauty, loveliness, or amiability; graceful;
      excellent.
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            Since the birth of Cain, the first male child, . . .
            There was not such a gracious creature born. --Shak.
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   3. Produced by divine grace; influenced or controlled by the
      divine influence; as, gracious affections.

   Syn: Favorable; kind; benevolent; friendly; beneficent;
        benignant; merciful.
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