Graciously



[grey-shuh s] /ˈgreɪ ʃəs/

adjective
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.)
/ˈɡreɪʃəs/
adjective
1.
characterized by or showing kindness and courtesy
2.
condescendingly courteous, benevolent, or indulgent
3.
characterized by or suitable for a life of elegance, ease, and indulgence: gracious living, gracious furnishings
4.
merciful or compassionate
5.
(obsolete) fortunate, prosperous, or happy
interjection
6.
an expression of mild surprise or wonder (often in exclamatory phrases such as good gracious!, gracious me!)
adv.

c.1300, “by God’s grace,” from gracious + -ly (2). Meaning “favorably, with good will” is late 14c.
adj.

c.1300, “filled with God’s grace,” from Old French gracios “courteous, pleasing, kind, friendly” (12c., Modern French gracieux), from Latin gratiosus “enjoying favor, agreeable, obliging; popular, acceptable,” from gratia (see grace). Meaning “merciful, benevolent” is from late 14c. As an exclamation, elliptically for gracious God, attested from 1713.
see: goodness gracious

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