- 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 gracious
At his Tucson hacienda he is a gracious host and a good neighbor.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
It was a gracious touch, a rhetorical olive branch to his vanquished foes.Didn't Obama Hear Oregon’s Warning Shot on Immigration?
November 14, 2014
Steven was gracious enough to do it, and his thoughts were fantastic.David Chase on Tony Soprano’s Fate, the State of TV, and Why He Couldn’t Finish ‘True Detective’
September 4, 2014
Joe was gracious enough to give his permission to let us reprint it here.The Stacks: Robin Williams, More Than A Shtick Figure
August 16, 2014
Booklist: “a moving tribute to a very talented family and one gracious woman, in particular[.]”The Best Biographies of 2014 (So Far)
July 6, 2014
"Unless it should be his gracious pleasure to dispense with obedience," replied Artaphernes.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
God will bless them, not because they have earned a reward, but because He is merciful and gracious.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
I got closer to the Jap than I had ever been before; and by gracious, Linda!Her Father's Daughter
"I do, gracious one," Bedr responded with businesslike promptness.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
The king was gracious, and thereafter she held his feet at all the banquets.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
- 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 gracious
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 gracious
see goodness gracious.