Origin of gracious
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|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
It was a gracious touch, a rhetorical olive branch to his vanquished foes.Didn't Obama Hear Oregon’s Warning Shot on Immigration?|Doug McIntyre|November 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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’|Marlow Stern|September 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Joe was gracious enough to give his permission to let us reprint it here.The Stacks: Robin Williams, More Than A Shtick Figure|Joe Morgenstern|August 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Booklist: “a moving tribute to a very talented family and one gracious woman, in particular[.]”
Think sez I, I hope to gracious I haint made a coot of myself, and bid up too high.
This visit, an apology, and a present healed her wounded feelings, and disposed her to a gracious reception.Historic Tales, Vol. 1 (of 15)|Charles Morris
The lady acknowledged the costly offering by a gracious smile, and a low bend of the head toward the giver.Philothea|Lydia Maria Child
The little man brought the required length with a gracious salaam and an assured smile.A Bottle in the Smoke|Milne Rae
Gracious Father, try me again by the courage I have to-day, if thou art judging me by the fear I held yesterday.Leaves of Life|Margaret Bird Steinmetz
British Dictionary definitions for gracious
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.