An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (polite)
a. cortés
He was so gracious that he didn't complain when we arrived late to the party.Fue tan cortés que no se quejó cuando llegamos tarde a la fiesta.
b. amable
To establish a pleasant work environment, it is important to be both firm and gracious with your employees.Para establecer un ambiente de trabajo agradable, es importante ser tanto estricto como amable con tus empleados.
c. atento
You were such a gracious host that I cannot wait to return!¡Fuiste un anfitrión tan atento que no veo la hora de volver!
d. gentil
Thank you very much for your gracious offer, but I cannot accept.Muchas gracias por tu gentil oferta, pero no puedo aceptarla.
2. (merciful)
a. misericordioso
That religion believes in a gracious god who forgives all.Esa religión cree en un dios misericordioso que lo perdona todo.
3. (sophisticated)
a. elegante
The church was a gracious setting for their wedding.La iglesia fue un marco elegante para su boda.
b. refinado
Thanks to her upbringing from her parents, she is a very gracious child.Gracias a la crianza que le dieron sus padres, ella es una niña muy refinada.
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
4. (used to express dismay or disbelief)
a. ¡Dios mío!
Gracious! I can't believe Juan would have stolen your watch.¡Dios mío! No puedo creer que Juan te robara el reloj.
b. ¡Santo cielo!
Gracious! Why would you ask me something like that?¡Santo cielo! ¿Por qué tenías que preguntarme algo así?
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (kind, polite)
a. amable, atento(a)
2. (in victory)
a. caballeroso(a)
3. (elegant)
a. elegante, lujoso(a)
4. (exclamation)
gracious (me)!, good(ness) gracious!¡santo cielo!, ¡Dios bendito!
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gracious [ˈɡreɪʃəs]
1 (refined, courteous) [+person, gesture, smile, letter] gentil; cortés; [+era] refinado
by (the) gracious consent of (formal) por la gracia de
to be gracious enough to do sth tener la cortesía de hacer algo
he was gracious in defeat/victory era correcto a la hora de la derrota/del triunfo
he has always been a gracious loser siempre ha sabido perder con dignidad
by gracious permission of Her Majesty the Queen por la gracia de Su Majestad la Reina
she gave a gracious [speech] of thanks
to be gracious to sb ser gentil or cortés con algn
2 (merciful) [+God] misericordioso
3 (elegant, comfortable) [+place, building] elegante; refinado
she loved fine clothes and gracious living le encantaba la ropa elegante y la vida refinada
gracious! good gracious (me)! ¡Santo cielo!; ¡Dios mío!
"you know Jack, don't you?" — "good gracious, yes!" —conoces a Jack, ¿no? —¡por supuesto que sí!
"you're short of money?" — "good gracious no!"
good gracious, what does that matter! ¡por amor de Dios! ¿qué importancia tiene eso?
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