Gracious Definition

Having or showing kindness, courtesy, charm, etc.
Webster's New World
Characterized by tact and propriety.
Responded to the insult with gracious humor.
American Heritage
Indulgent or polite to those held to be inferiors.
Webster's New World
Merciful; compassionate.
Webster's New World
Characterized by the taste, luxury, and social ease associated with prosperity, education, etc.
Gracious living.
Webster's New World
Used to express surprise or dismay.
Webster's New World

Origin of Gracious

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

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old French gracieus from Latin grātiōsus from grātia good will grace

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition


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