Gracious vs Hende - What's the difference?
As adjectives the difference between gracious and hende
is that gracious
is kind and warmly courteous while hende
is (obsolete) near, close at hand, handy.
As an interjection gracious
is expression of surprise, contempt, outrage, disgust, boredom, frustration.
* gratious (obsolete)
kind and warmly courteous
indulgent, charming and graceful
elegant and with good taste
expression of surprise, contempt, outrage, disgust, boredom, frustration.
(obsolete) Near, close at hand, handy.
(obsolete) Courteous, gracious.
:* Late 14th century': Oure Hoost þo spak, “A, sire, ye sholde be '''hende / And curteys, as a man of youre estaat” — Geoffrey Chaucer, ‘The Friar's Prologue’, ''Canterbury Tales (OUP 1988, p. 122)
:* 14th century': And if he were so '''hende and so wis / Þat she ne my?t al abate his pris, / Yit wolde she blame his worþynesse / Or by hir wordis make it lesse. — Geoffrey Chaucer, ''The Romaunt of the Rose (OUP 1988, p. 689-90)