• WordNet 3.6
    • adj gracious disposed to bestow favors "thanks to the gracious gods"
    • adj gracious exhibiting courtesy and politeness "a nice gesture"
    • adj gracious characterized by charm, good taste, and generosity of spirit "gracious even to unexpected visitors","gracious living","he bears insult with gracious good humor"
    • adj gracious characterized by kindness and warm courtesy especially of a king to his subjects "our benignant king"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gracious Abounding in beauty, loveliness, or amiability; graceful; excellent. "Since the birth of Cain, the first male child, . . . There was not such a gracious creature born."
    • Gracious Abounding in grace or mercy; manifesting love, or bestowing mercy; characterized by grace; beneficent; merciful; disposed to show kindness or favor; condescending; as, his most gracious majesty. "A god ready to pardon, gracious and merciful.""So hallowed and so gracious in the time."
    • Gracious Produced by divine grace; influenced or controlled by the divine influence; as, gracious affections.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • gracious Full of grace or favor; disposed to show good will, or to exercise favor or kindness; beneficent; benignant.
    • gracious Characterized by or exhibiting favor or kindness; friendly; kind; courteous: now usually implying condescension.
    • gracious Characterized by or endowed with divine or saving grace; righteous; virtuous.
    • gracious Attractive; agreeable; acceptable; excellent; graceful; becoming; beautiful.
    • gracious an exclamation of surprise, originally a mild oath, good or gracious God. Synonyms and Kind, Good-natured, etc. (see benignant); benevolent, condescending, lenient, affable, familiar, civil, courteous.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Gracious abounding in grace or kindness: benevolent: proceeding from divine favour: acceptable
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  • J. C. Macaulay
    J. C. Macaulay
    “It takes a great man to give sound advice tactfully, but a greater to accept it graciously.”
  • Thomas B. Aldrich
    Thomas B. Aldrich
    “Gracious to all, to none subservient, Without offense he spoke the word he meant.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world.”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “Deliberate with caution, but act with decision; and yield with graciousness or oppose with firmness.”
  • Knute Rockne
    Knute Rockne
    “Show me a good and gracious loser and I'll show you a failure.”
  • Publilius Syrus
    “To refuse graciously is to confer a favor.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. gracieux, L. gratiosus,. See Grace
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. gratia, favour—gratus, agreeable; Gr. charis, grace.


In literature:

She saw the gracious smile and was too inexperienced, too devoted, to see the hideous leer that he was at pains to conceal.
""Unto Caesar"" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Proofs of His gracious regard to them He has in all ages given.
"The Ordinance of Covenanting" by John Cunningham
For gracious' sake don't conduct me to the door, or I'll really disgrace you under Hector's uplifted nose.
"The Bronze Eagle" by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
I was much pleased with the gracious reception I met with.
"Diaries of Sir Moses and Lady Montefiore, Volume I" by Sir Moses Montefiore
Run yer, fer gracious sake, Brer Buzzud, en look how much honey I done fine!
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
Have you tasted and seen that the Lord is gracious?
"Memories of Bethany" by John Ross Macduff
The nurse punctually obeyed the gracious lady's orders.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
He graciously did so almost immediately.
"The Life of Trust: Being a Narrative of the Lord's Dealings With George Müller" by George Müller
How beautiful is the locket, and how full of graciousness and sweetness she is!
"In Doublet and Hose" by Lucy Foster Madison
Hastings was sworn of the Privy Council, and was admitted to a long private audience of the Prince Regent, who treated him very graciously.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay

In poetry:

Yet with her went a secret sense
Of all things sweet and fair,
And Beauty's gracious providence
Refreshed her unaware.
"The Friend’s Burial" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And Thou, O ever gracious Lord,
Wilt keep Thy promise still,
If, meekly hearkening to Thy Word,
We seek to do Thy will.
"O God, our strength, to Thee our song" by Harriet Auber
Now his aged eyes have seen
Thy salvation, gracious Lord!
Joy around, and peace within,
And redemption through Thy word.
"Simeon's Thanksgiving" by John Bowring
When weary Day goes down below,
Thou leanest o'er his grave,
Revolving all the vanished show
The gracious splendour gave.
"Songs of the Summer Nights" by George MacDonald
The busy tongues have ceased to talk,
Or speak in softened tone,
So gracious in her daily walk
The angel light has shown.
"Agnes" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
A promise of divine supplies,
To work all gracious qualities
In those, whose pronest to rebel,
Are only qualify'd for hell.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine

In news:

Be humble in victory and gracious in defeat.
Martha Stewart's daughter Alexis: a less-than- gracious look at life with Martha.
The Gracious Few opened the main stage on Saturday (05-28-11) at this year's "Rocklahoma".
It was the beginning of another full day & night of live rock as day 2 got underway with The Gracious Few LIVE.
NEW YORK- Gracious Home has appointed Amanda Mettler Goodrich to the new position of creative director and director of product innovation and private brands strategy and execution.
Gracious Home files Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Will ' Gracious Restraint' Make a Difference.
Incredible how accessible and gracious they are except for one.
Add in the fact that he was a gracious winner, and you have Mike Smiley's recent Alaskan halibut fishing adventure.
I was warmed on receiving a gracious letter from a 95-year-old correspondent who hoped I could identify a flower she found particularly appealing.
Sooners coach Bob Stoops was gracious when referencing Baylor.
Small touches weren't lost on us: the gracious owners' note in the guest book.
No, when Louis B Burgelin started the free meal in 1984, and graciously greeted people until his passing in 2009 at age 92, he was merely doing what he did so often.
Can't Expect Obama to be 'Gracious' After Being Treated Like a 'Second Class Citizen'.
For more information or to make a gracious donation for the raffles or silent auctions, which Lou said he'd be more than happy to pick up, please call the pub anytime, 765-6102.

In science:

Kawamura Seiji for gracious hospitality and stimulating discussions.
Optimum Placement of Post-1PN GW Chirp Templates Made Simple at any Match Level via Tanaka-Tagoshi Coordinates
Milne for graciously allowing the unpublished proof of Theorem 2 in §2 to be included here.
Extensions of abelian varieties defined over a number field
MA thanks Uzy Smilansky and the Weizmann Institute for gracious hospitality.
Stability of the Absolutely Continuous Spectrum of Random Schroedinger Operators on Tree Graphs
As these attempts at calibration were not meeting with success, Peter Nugent graciously spent some time using the observations of tens of thousands of SDSS stars by the NEAT telescope to reconstruct the response curve of the telescope-detector systems.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
She thanks the SLAC theory group and the Institute for Nuclear Theory for gracious hospitality and acknowledges partial support from the U.S.
Observing Dark Matter via the Gyromagnetic Faraday Effect