gracious

[grey-shuhs]
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; Middle English gracious < Old French < Latin grātiōsus amiable, equivalent to grāti(a) grace + -ōsus -ous

graciously, adverb
graciousness, graciosity [grey-shee-os-i-tee] , noun
nongraciosity, noun
nongracious, adjective
nongraciously, adverb
nongraciousness, noun
overgracious, adjective
overgraciously, adverb
overgraciousness, noun
quasi-gracious, adjective
quasi-graciously, adverb

gracious, gratis, gratuitous.


1. benign, friendly, favorable, polite. See kind1. 4. tender, clement, mild, gentle.


1. churlish. 4. cruel.
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World English Dictionary
gracious (ˈɡreɪʃəs)
 
adj
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
 
interj
6.  an expression of mild surprise or wonder (often in exclamatory phrases such as good gracious!, gracious me!)
 
'graciously
 
adv
 
'graciousness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

gracious
c.1300, from O.Fr. gracious (Mod.Fr. gracieux), from L. gratiosus, from gratia (see grace). As an exclamation, elliptically for gracious God, attested from 1713.
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Idioms & Phrases

gracious

see goodness gracious.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
Surprises, small houses, and gracious acceptances marked the event.
The people of the bayous are amazingly resilient, gracious and friendly.
All this seems from a slower, more gracious time.
He was unfailingly gracious, friendly, and funny.
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