Adjective "gracious" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Courteous, kind, and pleasant, especially towards someone of lower social status.
  1. 'Greig was gracious in defeat'
  2. 'Sean was a pleasant, courteous and gracious neighbour who could always be relied on to lend a helping hand.'
  3. 'It is amazing that anyone who works so hard could find time to check in on friends not doing so well or simply to be so gracious, courteous and wickedly humoured.'
  4. 'Garten the writer is a gracious hostess whose love of food and company is infectious.'
  5. 'Kate's pleasant and gracious manner made her a firm favourite in the neighbourhood.'
  6. 'And, of course, her majesty, the queen, and Prince Philip, were very gracious and generous and nice to us when we stayed there.'
  7. 'At these gatherings Mrs Turnbull was a gracious and lively hostess.'
  8. 'The fans here must also learn to be gracious in defeat as well, not just ‘fair weather’ fans who turn against our boys after a tough loss.'
  9. 'In her home, she carried the ease of a gracious hostess who is used to receiving visitors - the house is used for charity events and school trips.'
  10. 'She devoted much time to the development of the business, including being the gracious hostess for business dinners.'
  11. 'A pleasant, courteous and gracious lady, she was well liked by her neighbours in the locality.'
  12. 'Their rambling villa once a model of gracious elegance was now a paradise of dry rot and borer, with its skeletal verandah, rickety walls and warped weatherboards.'
  13. 'Okay, there may be some oldies who say the age of gracious living and letters or cards written with your own hand are more personalised, and I agree.'
  14. '‘Mr Wright said there's nothing more beautiful than a space for gracious living,’ Lewis said.'
  15. 'The 18th century was the period when Nancy assumed its present form as one of the most elegant and gracious small cities in Europe.'
  16. 'Here is a room designed for comfort, yet gracious and formal enough for hosting even the most important parties.'
  17. 'Its style harks back to the days when wealthy industrialists commissioned architects to design gracious new homes.'
  18. 'If this is the best they can do, I weep for the future of gracious living.'
(in Christian belief) showing divine grace.
  1. 'The gracious God allowed Adam and Eve to live, though he banished them from the Garden of Eden.'
  2. 'On 16 November 2002, the members and many friends of the church met to give thanks to God for his gracious provision of a building of their own and to dedicate it to his service.'
  3. 'God is gracious to him who earns his living by his own labour and not by begging.'
  4. 'In many ways we have fallen into a similar pattern of disobedience, and need the gracious intervention of God to deliver us from spiritual and moral decay.'
  5. 'At the same time, by the orderings of a sovereign, gracious God, some people who desire very much to marry may never find the person they regard as a suitable partner.'
  6. 'It is slander upon the loving character of a tender, gracious heavenly Father and has done untold harm to the Christian cause.'
  7. 'Our stories speak about past failure and the reception of God's gracious salvation through Jesus Christ.'
  8. 'It is enough to know that our gracious God has his plan - and by his grace we are at the heart of it, in Christ.'
  9. 'Boil it down and that's my calling - to announce the gracious lordship of Jesus Christ.'
  10. 'Only when we give alms, fast, and pray with the spirit of Jesus and God's gracious presence do we please God.'
A polite epithet used of royalty or their acts.
  1. 'My master, who was the most prominent courtier to his most gracious Majesty, the Emperor Kao, may he live ten thousand years.'
  2. 'She brought word from the Queen that our gracious lady would like the mention of his blasphemy to continue.'
  3. 'Nevertheless, his widow, the gracious Princess Lom was at the Royal Varuna Yacht Club last weekend, to place the Prince's imprimatur on the championship.'


Used to express polite surprise.
  1. 'Well, good gracious me, I was very pleasantly surprised.'


1. pleasantly kind, benevolent, and courteous.

2. characterized by good taste, comfort, ease, or luxury: gracious suburban living; a gracious home.

3. indulgent or beneficent in a pleasantly condescending way, especially to inferiors.

4. merciful or compassionate: our gracious king.

5. Obsolete. fortunate or happy. interjection

6. (used as an exclamation of surprise, relief, dismay, etc.)

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be gracious in defeats."

"watchers can be gracious in assessments."

"politicians can be gracious to opponents."

"places can be gracious in defeats."

"people can be gracious in/at/on yesterdays."

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Middle English: via Old French from Latin gratiosus, from gratia ‘esteem, favour’ (see grace).