The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Seventeen – Vocabulary

Today’s vocabulary word is one that we use often. But if someone asked you to define it, I’m not sure that you’d be able to rattle off a definition right away. It’s one of those weird words with a vague meaning where it is sometimes easier to give example sentences than it is to give a straight definition. Today our vocab word for Chapter 17 is…


Keep reading or watch the video below see how the word ‘gracious’ is used in The Prince and the Pauper.



(adj) behaving in a pleasant, polite, calm way

Also can be used in a religious context (divine grace)

being humble
praising others
saying “thank you”

“one-upping” someone else
talking over someone else


  • Language of Origin: Latin
  • “gratia” favor (merciful, benevolent)

Sentences/Additional Forms

  • Straightforward sentence: Our gracious hosts treated us to a wide variety of snacks and treats during our time at their house.
  • Sentence from the chapter: “Be gracious to us, O sweet King!”…“Cheer us and warm us with thy gracious rays, O flaming sun of sovereignty!” (p. 109)
  • Other forms: graciously (adv.), graciousness (n.)

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