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graceful

[greys-fuh l] /ˈgreɪs fəl/
adjective
1.
characterized by elegance or beauty of form, manner, movement, or speech; elegant:
a graceful dancer; a graceful reply.
Origin of graceful
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English; see grace, -ful
Related forms
gracefully, adverb
gracefulness, noun
nongraceful, adjective
nongracefully, adverb
nongracefulness, noun
Synonyms
limber, lithe, lissome.
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  • Because one is ugly and strong, the other graceful but unable to stand alone?

    Moods Louisa May Alcott
  • That graceful maiden is too lovely for any destiny meaner than a royal marriage.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Then, bending her head with a graceful yet proud submission, she retired.

    Temporal Power Marie Corelli
  • That being impossible, none other was graceful; hence none other was to be considered.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Its foliage is light and graceful, and quite unlike that of A. imbricata, having nothing of its stiff formality.

British Dictionary definitions for graceful

graceful

/ˈɡreɪsfʊl/
adjective
1.
characterized by beauty of movement, style, form, etc
Derived Forms
gracefully, adverb
gracefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for graceful
adj.

mid-15c., "full of grace," also "pleasant, sweet," from grace (n.) + -ful. Meaning "with pleasing or attractive qualities" is from 1580s. Related: Gracefully; gracefulness.

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