- 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 graciousness
The whole episode was devoid of any graciousness, and perfectly reflective of a new mood in publishing.I Was Australia’s Anna Wintour
April 3, 2014
For all his reputation for hauteur, I would forever after remember this evidence of Vidal's graciousness and self-confidence.Putting Words in Gore Vidal’s Mouth—a Copywriter Recalls the 1982 Senate Campaign
August 6, 2012
I will remember a guy who taught me that being a host was an act of graciousness.John O’Hurley: Dick Clark Made Us All Look Good
April 19, 2012
And I am immensely grateful for his graciousness to his defeated opponent.Enough Lincoln Already!
January 21, 2009
I was extremely touched by your graciousness, considering how poorly everything at my end was handled.How Leno Won. Again.
December 10, 2008
The use of a title higher than his own flattered the Inspector, and he was moved to graciousness.Within the Law
From that moment I felt ill at ease with her, in spite of her graciousness and her kindness.My Double Life
All graciousness must henceforth be a sorrow: it has to go with the sunsets.A Dish Of Orts
The graciousness of her manner, however, underwent no abatement.The Avenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
But it was not long before he learned that the graciousness was, in her case, a mistake.The Portygee
Joseph Crosby 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 graciousness
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 graciousness
see goodness gracious.