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Adjective: gracious  grey-shus
  1. Characterized by charm, good taste, and generosity of spirit
    "gracious even to unexpected visitors"; "gracious living"; "he bears insult with gracious good humour"
  2. Characterized by kindness and warm courtesy especially of a king to his subjects
    "our gracious king";
    - benignant
  3. Exhibiting courtesy and politeness
    "a gracious gesture";
    - courteous, nice
  4. Disposed to bestow favours
    "thanks to the gracious gods"
Interjection: gracious  grey-shus
  1. Used to express surprise
    "Good gracious me, when did you come, where have you come from, what have you been doing?";
    - Christ, Christmas, crikey [Brit], cripes, cor [Brit], crumbs [Brit], gosh, golly, by George, by Jove, blimey [Brit], gorblimey [Brit], cor blimey [Brit], my, holy cow, holy mackerel, holy smoke, holy moley, holy moly, fancy [Brit], good grief, goodness, goodness me, Gordon Bennett, gracious me, fancy that, gawd, god, my word, oh, O, ah, oh boy, jeez, geez, strewth [Brit], struth [Brit], yikes, I'll be blowed [Brit], blow me [Brit], Holy-dooly [Austral], heck, blooming heck [Brit], jeepers, jeepers creepers, Lord, Lordy, marry [archaic], well I never, heavens, good heavens, my goodness, Jesus, bejesus [N. Amer], od [archaic]

See also: elegant, friendly, graceful, kind, merciful, polite, propitious, refined

Antonym: ungracious

Encyclopedia: Gracious