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Gracious, 1) kind, benevolent, beneficent, salutary: “be, as thy presence is, g. and kind,” Sonn. 10, 11 (quibbling). “your g. favours,” Gent. III, 1, 6. “he is g., if he be observed,” H4A IV, 4, 30. “heaven and our Lady g. hath it pleased,” H6A I, 2, 74. “look g. on thy prostrate thrall,” H6A I, 2, 74 “heaven, be thou g. to none alive,” I, 4, 85. “those g. words revive my drooping thoughts,” H6C III, 3, 21. “look on my forces with a g. eye,” R3 V, 3, 109. “he's loving and most g.” H8 III, 1, 94. “from him plucked either his g. promise,” Cor. II, 3, 201. “so hallowed and so g. is the time,” Hml. I, 1, 164.
2) finding favour, agreeable: “is he g. in the people's eyes?” H6C III, 3, 117. “if ever Bassianus were g. in the eyes of Rome,” Tit. I, 11. “g. triumpher in the eyes of Rome,” Tit. I, 11 “if ever Tamora were g. in those princely eyes of thine,” Tit. I, 11
3) in a state of heavenly grace, pious, virtuous, holy: “she hath made him that g. denial which he is most glad to receive,” Meas. III, 1, 166. “do no stain to your own g. person,” Meas. III, 1, 166 “I am a brother of g. order,” III, 2, 232. “fair and g. daughter,” IV, 3, 116. “a g. innocent soul,” Wint. II, 3, 29. “their issue not being g.” IV, 2, 30. “if this rule were true, he should be g.” R3 II, 4, 20. “God keep your lordship in that g. mind,” III, 2, 56. to make it (the quarrel) “g.” Troil. II, 2, 125. “his g. nature would think upon you,” Cor. II, 3, 195. “his large fortune upon his good and g. nature hanging,” Tim. I, 1, 56. “these are g. drops,” Caes. III, 2, 198. “the g. Duncan,” Mcb. III, 1, 66. III, 6, 3. III, 6, 3 “what would your g. figure?” Hml. III, 4, 104. “thy state is the more g.” V, 2, 86. “a g. aged man,” Lr. IV, 2, 41.
4) happy, fortunate, prosperous: “to try her g. fortune with Lord Angelo,” Meas. V, 76. “there is but one shamed that was never g.” As I, 2, 200. “g. be the issue,” Wint. III, 1, 22. “give to a g. message an host of tongues,” Ant. II, 5, 86.
5) lovely, attractive, beautiful: “when the g. light lifts up his burning head,” Sonn. 7, 1, “be, as thy presence is, g. and kind,” 10, 11 (quibbling). “no face so g. is as mine,” 62, 5. “my g. numbers are decayed,” 79, 3. “shall will in others seem right g.” 135, 7. “that word makes the faults g.” Gent. III, 1, 378. never shall it (beauty) “more be g.” Ado IV, 1, 109. “apt and g. words,” LLL II, 73. “my love, her mistress, is a g. moon,” IV, 3, 230. “to make an offence g.” V, 1, 147. “to make it the more g. I shall sing it at her death,” Mids. IV, 1, 224. “thy g. golden glittering gleams,” V, 279. “seasoned with a g. voice,” Merch. III, 2, 76. “a g. person,” Tw. I, 5, 281. “very g. fooling,” II, 3, 22. “the g. mark o' the land,” Wint. IV, 4, 8. “a g. creature,” John III, 4, 81. “his g. parts,” John III, 4, 81 “with all the g. utterance thou hast,” R2 III, 3, 125. “virtuous and fair, royal and g.” R3 IV, 4, 204. “my g. silence,” Cor. II, 1, 192.
6) Used as a courteous epithet in speaking of or to royal or noble persons: “how fares my g. sir?” Tp. V, 253. “my g. lord,” All's II, 3, 174. “commend the paper to his g. hand,” V, 1, 31. “my g. sovereign,” V, 3, 87. “our most g. mistress,” Wint. I, 2, 233. Wint. I, 2, 233 Wint. I, 2, 233 “come, my g. lord,” II, 1, 2. “how fares our g. lady?” II, 2, 21. “his g. dam,” III, 2, 199. “g. my lord,” IV, 4, 477. “g. couple,” V, 1, 134. “spring from one most g. head,” R2 III, 3, 108. “this g. meeting,” H5 V, 2, 13. “most g. sovereign,” H6A III, 1, 149. V, 3, 161. “to your most g. hands,” H6B I, 1, 13. “what is your g. pleasure?” Mcb. V, 3, 30. “g. England,” IV, 3, 43. “g., so please you,” Hml. III, 1, 43 etc. Used of dukes and duchesses: Gent. III, 1, 4. Meas. V, 63. Meas. V, 63 Err. V, 159. Err. V, 159 Mids. I, 1, 26. Merch. IV, 1, 165. R3 I, 1, 122 etc. Of other nobility: “g. lords,” LLL V, 2, 739. H5 I, 2, 1. H6A I, 1, 103. “g. Olivia,” Tw. V, 108.
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