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gracious

adjective
     
Related topics: Christianity
gra‧cious
1 behaving in a polite, kind, and generous way, especially to people of a lower rank:
Sibyl was the most gracious, helpful, and generous person to work with.
a gracious apology
2 having the kind of expensive style, comfort, and beauty that only rich people can afford:
a gracious manor house
a magazine about gracious living
3

gracious (me)!/good gracious!/goodness gracious!

old-fashioned used to express surprise or to emphasize 'yes' or 'no':
Good gracious! What on earth has happened to your feet?
'Did you ever go back?' 'Good gracious, no.'
4RRC a gracious act by or gift from God is kind and forgiving
5 [only before noun] used as a polite way of describing a royal person:
our gracious Queen
graciously adverb
graciousness noun [uncountable]

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