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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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  • The space agency graciously posted a series of the images to the shuttle mission web site.
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  • Tim graciously watched a few minutes of this rather odd, unnecessarily complicated experiment.
  • He graciously agreed to answer a few questions about his experience and the enigmatic colonel.
  • The author graciously took the time this morning to field our questions.
  • Then he graciously thanked his cast and all the people who worked on the movie, and went back to his seat.
  • Lord, graciously grant me your sanction and support.
British Dictionary definitions for graciously

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 graciously
adv.

c.1300, "by God's grace," from gracious + -ly (2). Meaning "favorably, with good will" is late 14c.

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 graciously

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