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1       adj   If you describe someone, especially someone you think is superior to you, as gracious, you mean that they are very well-mannered and pleasant.  

She is a lovely and gracious woman.     
2       adj   If you describe the behaviour of someone in a position of authority as gracious, you mean that they behave in a polite and considerate way.  
FORMAL   She closed with a gracious speech of thanks.     
  graciously      adv   ADV with v  
Hospitality at the Presidential guest house was graciously declined.     
3       adj   You use gracious to describe the comfortable way of life of wealthy people.  
usu ADJ n  
He drove through the gracious suburbs with the swimming pools and tennis courts.     
4    Some people say good gracious or goodness gracious in order to express surprise or annoyance.  
good/goodness gracious      exclam  
Good gracious, look at that specimen will you?     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  


accommodating, affable, amiable, beneficent, benevolent, benign, benignant, charitable, chivalrous, civil, compassionate, considerate, cordial, courteous, courtly, friendly, hospitable, indulgent, kind, kindly, lenient, loving, merciful, mild, obliging, pleasing, polite, well-mannered  
   brusque, cold, discourteous, gruff, haughty, impolite, mean, remote, rude, surly, unfriendly, ungracious, unpleasant  

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