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1. Abounding in grace or mercy; manifesting love,. Or bestowing mercy; characterised by grace; beneficent; merciful; disposed to show kindness or favor; condescending; as, his most gracious majesty. A god ready to pardon, gracious and merciful. (Neh. Ix. 17) So hallowed and so gracious in the time. (Shak)

2. Abounding in beauty, loveliness, or amiability; graceful; excellent. Since the birth of Cain, the first male child, . . . There was not such a gracious creature born. (Shak)

3. Produced by divine grace; influenced or controlled by the divine influence; as, gracious affections.

Synonym: Favorable, kind, benevolent, friendly, beneficent, benignant, merciful.

Origin: f. Gracieux, L. Gratiosus. See grace.