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English definition of “gracious”

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.

gracious adjective (COMFORTABLE)

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

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!
(Definition of gracious from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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