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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GRACILE

She heard it, too, for the gracile fingers fell from the strings.

He studied Persis; how beautiful she was, how soft and gracile, how apt to endearments!

Beatrice suggests to me something slim and gracile rather than two hundred pounds of hump-backed and enterprising pork.

Before he recognized the olive-green tailor suit which he had come to know, he noticed the firm yet gracile move of her.

Varro ascribes to him the gracile genus dicendi, the distinguishing features of which were venustas and subtilitas.

WORD ORIGIN

1620s, from Latin gracilis "slender, thin, fine; plain, simple." Not etymologically connected to grace but often regarded as if it is. Perhaps a dissimilated form related to Latin cracens "slender;" if so, perhaps cognate with Sanskrit krsah "thin, weak," Avestan keresa- "lean, meager," Lithuanian karštu "to be very old, to age."

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