gracious

Gracious means "kind, courteous, and compassionate," like your gracious reply to a rude question like, "So, did you ever learn to hit a softball?"

Gracious descends from the Latin word for good will. A gracious person wants everyone to be comfortable: a gracious host leaves extra blankets and some books on a variety of subjects out for overnight guests to enjoy. Even at a difficult moment, a gracious person remains thoughtful and kind, like the gracious way you treat a waiter who spills a glass of juice on your lap.

DEFINITIONS OF: gracious

1

adj characterized by kindness and warm courtesy especially of a king to his subjects

Synonyms:
benignant
kind
having or showing a tender and considerate and helpful nature; used especially of persons and their behavior

adj exhibiting courtesy and politeness

Synonyms:
courteous, nice
polite
showing regard for others in manners, speech, behavior, etc.

adj characterized by charm, good taste, and generosity of spirit

gracious even to unexpected visitors”
gracious living”
“he bears insult with gracious good humor”
Synonyms
friendly
characteristic of or befitting a friend
elegant, graceful, refined
suggesting taste, ease, and wealth
merciful
(used conventionally of royalty and high nobility) gracious
refined
(used of persons and their behavior) cultivated and genteel
Antonyms:
ungracious
lacking charm and good taste
churlish
rude and boorish
graceless, unpleasing
lacking graciousness
unrefined
(used of persons and their behavior) not refined; uncouth
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adj disposed to bestow favors

“thanks to the gracious gods”
Synonyms
propitious
presenting favorable circumstances; likely to result in or show signs of success
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