Also, good gracious; gracious sakes. Exclamation of surprise, dismay, or alarm, as in Goodness gracious! You've forgotten your ticket. Both goodness and gracious originally alluded to the good (or grace) of God, but these colloquial expressions, which date from the 1700s, are not considered either vulgar or blasphemous.
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But he was always uncommonly gracious, a truly gentle man, willing to dispense wisdom and perspective when asked.Ed Brooke: The Senate's Civil Rights Pioneer and Prophet of a Post-Racial America|John Avlon|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
At his Tucson hacienda he is a gracious host and a good neighbor.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But my goodness, even the air around Oxford University is studious.
All would attest to the manifest goodness that inspired the perfect nickname for the boy who would become a perfect cop.
That goodness steered him clear of the Sex Boys, the Crazy Homicides, the Sons of Nuns, and the other gangs of East New York.
And he stood up in the shameful fall of the people: in the goodness and readiness of his soul he appeased God for Israel.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
In truth, M. de Biancourt's goodness and prudence seemed much shaken by this tempest of human passions.
Goodness only knew what a falchion was, but there was the Griffin, and his history was an improvement upon the eternal Cat.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II|Rudyard Kipling
"I am sure there is no one I shall like half so well," said Isabel, truthfully; and Flora loved her for not being gracious.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
After all she, Hilda, possessed some mysterious characteristic more potent than the elegance and the goodness of Janet Orgreave.Hilda Lessways|Arnold Bennett