- pleasantly kind, benevolent, and courteous.
- characterized by good taste, comfort, ease, or luxury: gracious suburban living; a gracious home.
- indulgent or beneficent in a pleasantly condescending way, especially to inferiors.
- merciful or compassionate: our gracious king.
- Obsolete. fortunate or happy.
- (used as an exclamation of surprise, relief, dismay, etc.)
Origin of gracious
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Examples from the Web for graciously
Bill then graciously shared with us a glimpse into his Muslim identifying genius.Bill O’Reilly, Muslim-Hunter
June 5, 2014
He graciously allows that “print journalists and editorial writers should be involved.”Memo to GOP: Hands off Those Presidential Debates
April 1, 2013
I graciously accepted and swallowed repeated mouthfuls of masgouf for the first, and only, time.Iraq War 10th Anniversary: The Teamster
John Kael Weston
March 17, 2013
But pride can also prevent you from graciously accepting help and can fill you with resentment instead of appreciation.Why Favoritism Is Virtuous: The Case Against Fairness
Stephen T. Asma
December 7, 2012
He thanked me as graciously as if it was the first time he had heard a fan say that.Ken Follett’s Book Bag: Five Greatest Trilogies
September 18, 2012
She tapped Tom's shoulder with her fan and smiled, graciously corrective.The Gentleman From Indiana
He receives me graciously enough, and treats me with politeness.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
Mark you, it is not wisdom but a whim of mine which causes me to be graciously minded!Priestess of the Flame
Sewell Peaslee Wright
He was presented by that great officer, and received most graciously.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
"If a bachelor may be said to have a home, Mrs. Barnes," he added, graciously.Thankful's Inheritance
Joseph C. Lincoln
- characterized by or showing kindness and courtesy
- condescendingly courteous, benevolent, or indulgent
- characterized by or suitable for a life of elegance, ease, and indulgencegracious living; gracious furnishings
- merciful or compassionate
- obsolete fortunate, prosperous, or happy
- an expression of mild surprise or wonder (often in exclamatory phrases such as good gracious!, gracious me!)
Word Origin and History for graciously
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.
Idioms and Phrases with graciously
see goodness gracious.