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gracious

[grey-shuh s] /ˈgreɪ ʃəs/
adjective
1.
pleasantly kind, benevolent, and courteous.
2.
characterized by good taste, comfort, ease, or luxury:
gracious suburban living; a gracious home.
3.
indulgent or beneficent in a pleasantly condescending way, especially to inferiors.
4.
merciful or compassionate:
our gracious king.
5.
Obsolete. fortunate or happy.
interjection
6.
(used as an exclamation of surprise, relief, dismay, etc.)
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English gracious < Old French < Latin grātiōsus amiable, equivalent to grāti(a) grace + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
graciously, adverb
graciousness, graciosity
[grey-shee-os-i-tee] /ˌgreɪ ʃiˈɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
nongraciosity, noun
nongracious, adjective
nongraciously, adverb
nongraciousness, noun
overgracious, adjective
overgraciously, adverb
overgraciousness, noun
quasi-gracious, adjective
quasi-graciously, adverb
Can be confused
gracious, gratis, gratuitous.
Synonyms
1. benign, friendly, favorable, polite. See kind1 . 4. tender, clement, mild, gentle.
Antonyms
1. churlish. 4. cruel.
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Examples from the web for graciousness
  • Despite his achievements, he retains an endearing sense of graciousness and humility.
  • Your graciousness is now and always has been appreciated.
  • Your attempt to chide others into silence by representing your own callousness and cowardice as graciousness is appalling.
  • He was driven by his diverse enthusiasms and his incredible graciousness.
  • Her exigent private manner is balanced, in public, by a universal graciousness.
  • Employing both graciousness and forgivingness will go a long way toward disarming those who have not always been on your side.
  • After several weeks of ignoring complaints, the columnist did have the graciousness to correct himself.
  • Don't expect graciousness from your fellow travelers.
  • Her graciousness, kindness, devotion and beautiful spirit touched not only her family but all of her friends.
  • But the graciousness of the surroundings belied the seriousness of the proceedings.
British Dictionary definitions for graciousness

gracious

/ˈɡreɪʃəs/
adjective
1.
characterized by or showing kindness and courtesy
2.
condescendingly courteous, benevolent, or indulgent
3.
characterized by or suitable for a life of elegance, ease, and indulgence: gracious living, gracious furnishings
4.
merciful or compassionate
5.
(obsolete) fortunate, prosperous, or happy
interjection
6.
an expression of mild surprise or wonder (often in exclamatory phrases such as good gracious!, gracious me!)
Derived Forms
graciously, adverb
graciousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for graciousness
n.

early 15c., from gracious + -ness.

gracious

adj.

c.1300, "filled with God's grace," from Old French gracios "courteous, pleasing, kind, friendly" (12c., Modern French gracieux), from Latin gratiosus "enjoying favor, agreeable, obliging; popular, acceptable," from gratia (see grace). Meaning "merciful, benevolent" is from late 14c. As an exclamation, elliptically for gracious God, attested from 1713.

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Idioms and Phrases with graciousness

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