Etymology
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gracious (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 "favor" (from suffixed form of PIE root *gwere- (2) "to favor"). Meaning "merciful, benevolent" is from late 14c. As an exclamation, elliptically for gracious God, attested from 1713.

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Definitions of gracious

gracious (adj.)
characterized by charm, good taste, and generosity of spirit;
gracious living
he bears insult with gracious good humor
gracious even to unexpected visitors
gracious (adj.)
characterized by kindness and warm courtesy especially of a king to his subjects;
Synonyms: benignant
gracious (adj.)
exhibiting courtesy and politeness;
Synonyms: courteous / nice
gracious (adj.)
disposed to bestow favors;
thanks to the gracious gods
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