Translation of gracious in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /ˈgreɪʃəs/


  • 1 1.1 [smile/act/gesture] gentil, cortés they were gracious enough to apologize tuvieron la gentileza or la cortesía de pedir disculpas by the gracious permission of Her Majesty [formal] por la gracia de Su Majestad
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    • A pleasant, courteous and gracious lady, Vera was highly thought of by all in the community.
    • A pleasant, courteous and gracious lady, she was well liked by her neighbours in the locality.
    • Sean was a pleasant, courteous and gracious neighbour who could always be relied on to lend a helping hand.
    1.2 (merciful) misericordioso
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    • Boil it down and that's my calling - to announce the gracious lordship of Jesus Christ.
    • The last was the manifestation of true religion - genuinely gracious affections - in Christian practice.
    • The Christian principle of gracious forgiveness is, then, a good one, but it is extremely difficult for Christians themselves to observe it.
  • 2 (urbane) [surroundings/lifestyle] refinado, elegante
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    • City of grandiose and elegant façades, the gracious arcades of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle, here the Milanese mix their cool pragmatism with a love of the good life.
    • Their rambling villa once a model of gracious elegance was now a paradise of dry rot and borer, with its skeletal verandah, rickety walls and warped weatherboards.
    • Here is a room designed for comfort, yet gracious and formal enough for hosting even the most important parties.


  • gracious (me)! ¡válgame Dios! (good o goodness) gracious! ¡Dios Santo!

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