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gracious

adjective uk   /ˈɡreɪ.ʃəs/ us  

gracious adjective (PLEASANT)

behaving in a pleasant, polite, calm way: a gracious smile He was gracious enough to thank me. The losing team were gracious in defeat.Behaving wellKind and thoughtful

gracious adjective (COMFORTABLE)

having the qualities of great comfort, beauty, and freedom made possible by being rich: We can't afford gracious living.Expensive and luxuriousCosting too much
graciously
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
She graciously accepted the flowers that were presented to her.Polite and respectfulPolite and respectful
graciousness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
Polite and respectfulPolite and respectful

gracious

exclamation uk   /ˈɡreɪ.ʃəs/ old-fashioned us  
used to express surprise or to emphasize what is being said: Gracious (me)/Good gracious (me), I never thought he'd do that!Expressions of surprise
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