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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
Usage: informal
  1. Used to express surprise
    "Good gracious me, when did you come, where have you come from, what have you been doing?";
    - Christ [informal], Christmas [informal], crikey [Brit, informal], cripes [informal], cor [Brit, informal], crumbs [Brit, informal], gosh [informal], golly [informal], by George [informal], by Jove [informal], blimey [Brit, informal], gorblimey [Brit, informal], cor blimey [Brit, informal], my [informal], holy cow [informal], holy mackerel [informal], holy smoke [informal], holy moley [informal], holy moly [informal], fancy [Brit, informal], good grief [informal], goodness [informal], goodness me [informal], Gordon Bennett [informal], gracious me [informal], fancy that [informal], gawd [informal], god, my word, oh, O, ah, oh boy [informal], jeez [informal], geez [informal], strewth [Brit, informal], struth [Brit, informal], yikes [informal], I'll be blowed [Brit, informal], blow me [Brit, informal], Holy-dooly [Austral, informal], heck [informal], blooming heck [Brit, informal], jeepers [informal], jeepers creepers [informal], Lord [informal], Lordy [informal], marry [archaic], well I never [informal], heavens [informal], good heavens [informal], my goodness [informal], Jesus [informal], bejesus [N. Amer, informal], od [archaic]

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

Antonym: ungracious

Encyclopedia: Gracious