“graceful” and “gracious”

The word “graceful” is normally used to refer to a person’s movement; the individual moves in a way that is attractive to watch.

*The young dancer moved gracefully across the stage. *For someone who was terribly overweight, Eshwar was surprisingly graceful.

The word can also be used to talk about an object which is pleasing to looking at.

*He had a graceful little cottage in the countryside.

“Gracious”, on the other hand, refers to people who are pleasant and polite. It is considered formal.

*Janaki is the gracious lady you met last week.

Source:  ‘Know Your English’ Series – The Hindu Daily, Sept 12 , 2005

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