Gracious is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
When learning new words, it's important to see how they're used, or to see them in the different contexts in which they're often used, and that's just what we'll do to help you better understand gracious (and many other English words!). By seeing different ways you can use gracious in a sentence, as well as synonyms and antonyms of gracious, you will have a much better grasp on how it should be used, and you'll feel more confortable with using it much sooner.
Below you will find the definition of gracious, followed by 42 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - characterized by kindness and warm courtesy especially of a king to his subjects
EXAMPLES - Gracious in a Sentence
- Good gracious, that is not sending a message to him! (source)
- Ego: Gotta have it, but learning how to be gracious is helpful too. (source)
- I think all the excitement about this "gracious" speech is a little much. (source)
- Being gracious is obviously NOT something that Obama supporters understand. (source)
- But with the word of God it is a baptism, that is, a gracious water of life and a (source)
- She sounded gracious, which is a word that normally I would not use to describe her. (source)
- Isola Madre; all the enchanting spots which recalled the gracious memories of youth and love. (source)
- Obama is the opposite of 'gracious'; he is condescending, arrogant, and he LOVES to twist the knife. (source)
- "My submission is this court will look at two years and say ` well good gracious, that is too much '." (source)
- Now she can afford to step back and act a little bit more gracious, which is I think what you saw tonight. (source)
- "I don't know whether I know how to give what you call gracious answers, doctor," said Mrs. Derrick pleasantly. (source)
- Malik was honoured to meet Tawfik's mother, Toh Puan Norashikin Seth, whom he describes as gracious and elegant. (source)
- A lot of commentators heaped praise on John McCain for being "gracious" because he didn't diss Obama for winning the prize. (source)
- "Appropriate" and "gracious" -- not words most would associate with the $10 million dollar bride who became the 72-Day Wife. (source)
- Miss Ann bowed with what might be called gracious stiffness, and moved her skirts a fraction of an inch to make room for Judith. (source)
- The good news is that after Sen. Obama was elected President Obama, he first did something very big and gracious, which is he urged Sen. (source)
- If anybody thinks that that "gracious" gesture on the part of Wexler/Obama made anybody feel better, you've been drinking too much kool-aid. (source)
- Greg Knott of St. Joseph, who heads the GOP caucus, calls her gracious - and perhaps the most informed on the issues of all recent board members. (source)
- He had piped to us in gracious and merciful providences, mourned to us in calamitous, afflicting providences, and has set the one over against the other. (source)
- Mrs. Jessop, respectfully listening, received the news in a manner which could hardly be termed gracious, but prudently gave but small expression to her opinions. (source)
- Purcell recalled our gracious English landscape, and English life, "When Myra sings we seek the enchanting sound"; and Thomas Morley with "Now is the month of maying." (source)
- With your spirit, that is, with you, the soul or spirit being the immediate seat of grace, whence it influences the whole man, and flows out in gracious and holy actings. (source)
- Of course there was the part when Bilbo Baggins cut that lady's throat, but Depp wasted in the tub ranks a little higher on the gracious, is it me or is it warm in here? 'scale. (source)
- Sadly, No!, in its inimitable fashion, has used its "shorter" concept to reduce some conservatives 'election reactions to their core, showing what the word gracious doesn't mean. (source)
- For that Supernal Head concealed in the Higher, which no man hath known, expandeth a certain external manifestation, beautiful and gracious, which is comprehended in the Forehead. (source)
- "There are teams that help other teams, even though in the finals they may be competing against one another, it's what we call gracious professionalism which is a core value," said Brig. (source)
- Perhaps they had this notion of the kings of Israel because they had heard that the God of Israel proclaimed his name gracious and merciful, and they concluded their kings would make their (source)
- How would you characterize the words you gave last night in terms of - you weren't gracious in other words, they are saying, to Governor Bush as he was following his defeat in New Hampshire. (source)
- For without the Word of God the water is nothing but water, and no baptism; but with the Word of God it is a baptism -- that is, a gracious water of life and a washing of regeneration in the Holy Ghost, as St. Paul says, (source)
- The California GOP gubernatorial candidate and former eBay CEO plans to call her opponent Steve Poizner "gracious" in defeat according to a snippet from her victory speech that a San Francisco Chronicle reporter uncovered. (source)
- No, the values voters that booed John McCain when he mentioned the next president of the United States in his 'gracious' concession speech are not going to disappear because you took the time to pull a lever in a voting booth. (source)
- God has proclaimed his name gracious and merciful, and ready to forgive sin; and, his Son having purchased pardon for penitent believers, his gospel promises it to them, and his Spirit seals it and gives them the comfort of it. (source)
- Although I have supported her, it is time for Hillary to accept the impossibility of winning and that a "" gracious "" exit is in the interest of ALL Democrats and of anybody else who frets about the idea of John McCain at the white House. (source)
- The key to helping any genre or subculture thrive -- geekdom, steampunk, writers, what-have-you -- is to act in ways that will unite the community rather than divide it. ::applause:: I agree; "gracious" and "classy" are the best words for you. (source)
- Barring a ballot foul-up akin to what happened eight years ago in Florida, and after the longest, most expensive presidential race in U.S. history, one candidate is likely to bow out sometime tonight and be called gracious by the winner, who will be the next American president. (source)
- &c. -- The same earl (of Gloucester) must be his steward and chief cupbearer, the day of his inthronization: This is not to be called gracious Lords, as the Lords of the earth, but this is to be beyond all grace; and to be served of these gracious Lords, and to be their Lord paramount. (source)
- This was a sacrifice of expiation; and the reason why he was allowed to offer it on Mount Moriah was partly in gracious consideration to his fear of repairing to Gibeon (1Ch 21: 29, 30), and partly in anticipation of the removal of the tabernacle and the erection of the temple there (2Ch 3: 1). (source)
- Jonathan Shapiro, a Fairfax defense attorney who first met Hudson when the two attended law school at American University, called him "gracious" and "professional," although he said he's always found Hudson to be a conservative thinker who tends to side with the government against criminal defendants. (source)
- Modest Jon Swift, the last honest conservative in America, has posted his year-end round up of the best of the best chosen by the best themselves, which is to say the gracious and generous Mr Swift has turned over his blog to an army of egoists, including yours truly, in order to let us puff our own genius. (source)
- Senator Kerry, obviously, making a political decision, a decision that President Bush described as a gracious decision, and it is nice that in this day and age, often a political scene filled with acrimony, that a presidential candidate, as Senator Kerry has done today, can put the good of the country ahead of partisan interest. (source)
- While God is a just and holy God, and we are guilty sinners, it is necessary we should have a righteousness wherein to appear before him; and, blessed be God, there is such a righteousness brought in by Messiah the prince (Dan.ix. 24) and revealed in the gospel; a righteousness, that is, a gracious method of reconciliation and acceptance, notwithstanding the guilt of our sins. (source)
- It is doubtful if any of these men who survive and live to tell tales of the Great War in their old age will ever omit to recall the gracious presence and lovely face of Madame Balli, who came so often to make them forget the sad monotony of their lives, even the pain in their mutilated limbs, the agony behind their disfigured faces, during those long months they spent in the hospitals of Paris. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 42 example sentences provided below is 59.0, which suggests that "gracious" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 45 synonyms for gracious.
accommodating, affable, amiable, amicable, approachable, beneficent, benevolent, benign, benignant, big-hearted, bland, bonhomous, charitable, chivalrous, civil, compassionate, complaisant, congenial, considerate, cordial, courteous, courtly, easy, forthcoming, friendly, gallant, genial, good-hearted, good-natured, hospitable, indulgent, lenient, loving, merciful, mild, obliging, pleasing, polite, sociable, stately, suave, tender, unctuous, urbane, well-mannered
We have 27 antonyms for gracious.
aloof, cold, cool, disagreeable, discourteous, disrespectful, hateful, impolite, incompatible, indifferent, irritable, mean, nasty, rude, sarcastic, severe, surly, uncivil, uncongenial, unfriendly, ungiving, ungracious, unkind, unmannerly, unrefined, unsociable, vulgar
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of gracious from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Characterized by kindness and warm courtesy.
- (adjective) Characterized by tact and propriety: responded to the insult with gracious humor.
- (adjective) Of a merciful or compassionate nature.
- (adjective) Condescendingly courteous; indulgent.
- (adjective) Characterized by charm or beauty; graceful.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) kind and warmly courteous
- (adjective) tactful
- (adjective) compassionate
- (adjective) indulgent
- (adjective) charming and graceful
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Abounding in grace or mercy; manifesting love, or bestowing mercy; characterized by grace; beneficent; merciful; disposed to show kindness or favor; condescending.
- (adjective) Abounding in beauty, loveliness, or amiability; graceful; excellent.
- (adjective) Produced by divine grace; influenced or controlled by the divine influence.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Full of grace or favor; disposed to show good will, or to exercise favor or kindness; beneficent; benignant.
- (None) Characterized by or exhibiting favor or kindness; friendly; kind; courteous: now usually implying condescension.
- (None) Characterized by or endowed with divine or saving grace; righteous; virtuous.
- (None) Attractive; agreeable; acceptable; excellent; graceful; becoming; beautiful.
- (None) an exclamation of surprise, originally a mild oath, good or gracious God. Synonyms and Kind, Good-natured, etc. (see benignant); benevolent, condescending, lenient, affable, familiar, civil, courteous.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) characterized by kindness and warm courtesy especially of a king to his subjects
- (adjective) disposed to bestow favors
- (adjective) exhibiting courtesy and politeness
- (adjective) characterized by charm, good taste, and generosity of spirit