Gracious vs Hende - What's the difference?

gracious | hende |


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.

gracious

English

Alternative forms

* gratious (obsolete)

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • kind and warmly courteous
  • tactful
  • compassionate
  • indulgent, charming and graceful
  • elegant and with good taste
  • benignant
  • Derived terms

    * graciousness * graciously

    Interjection

    (en interjection)
  • expression of surprise, contempt, outrage, disgust, boredom, frustration.
  • hende

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • (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)
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