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gracious (only 3 is still current; 5 is not evidenced elsewhere in Eliz. literature)
1. finding favour, acceptable, popular AYL. I. ii. 202*, 3H6 III. iii. 117 “ in the people's eye,” Tit. I. i. 11, 170, 429
2. attractive, graceful, elegant, lovely Ado IV. i. 109, MND. IV. i. 226, Mer.V. III. ii. 76 “a voice,” John III. iv. 81 “a creature,” R3 IV. iv. 205 “royal and gracious.”
3. kind (freq.); used as a courteous epithet, e.g. Tp. V. i. 253 “How fares my sir?,” LLL. V. ii. 737 “gracious lords.”
4. godly, righteous, pious, holy Meas. III. ii. 238 “a brother Of order,” Troil. II. ii. 125 “To make it” (a quarrel) “,” Cæs. III. ii. 199 “ drops,” Ham. V. ii. 87 “Thy state is the more gracious.”
5. happy, fortunate Meas. V. i. 76 “her fortune,” Wint. III. i. 22 “gracious be the issue.”
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  • Cross-references in text-specific dictionaries from this page (6):
    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 5.2
    • William Shakespeare, King John, 3.4
    • William Shakespeare, As You Like It, 1.2
    • William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, 3.2
    • William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, 4.1
    • William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 5.1
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