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. adjective
    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
  2. adjective
    exhibiting courtesy and politeness
    synonyms: courteous, nice
    polite
    showing regard for others in manners, speech, behavior, etc.
  3. adjective
    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
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    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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  4. adjective
    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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