gracious

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English gracious, borrowed from Old French gracieus, from Latin gratiosus, from gratia (esteem, favor). See grace. Displaced native Old English hold (gracious).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

gracious (comparative more gracious, superlative most gracious)

  1. kind and warmly courteous
  2. tactful
  3. compassionate
  4. indulgent, charming and graceful
  5. elegant and with good taste
  6. benignant
  7. full of grace

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Interjection[edit]

gracious

  1. expression of surprise, contempt, outrage, disgust, boredom, frustration.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (expression of surprise): For semantic relationships of this sense, see wow in the Thesaurus.

Middle English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French gracious, from Latin grātiōsus. Equivalent to grace +‎ -ous.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɡraːˈsjuːs/, /ɡraːˈsjoːs/, /ˈɡraːsjəs/

Adjective[edit]

gracious (comparative graciouser, superlative graciousest)

  1. kind, gracious, polite
  2. forgiving, relenting (used mainly positively)
  3. godly, Christian, involving the graciousness of God.
  4. lucky, glad; bestowed with good fortune.
  5. enjoyable, nice, pleasing.
  6. good-looking; pleasing to the eye.
  7. obedient, respectworthy
  8. (rare) useful, beneficious

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