- kind and warmly courteous
- charming and graceful
- elegant and with good taste
Gracious (interjection): expression of surprise, contempt, outrage, disgust, boredom, frustration.
“I think sometimes it is more important to be gracious than to win.” Dorothy Kilgallen
“Deliberate with caution, but act with decision; and yield with graciousness, or oppose with firmness.” Charles Hole
“To refuse graciously is to confer a favour.” Publilius Syrus
“Gracious to all, to none subservient, without offense he spoke the word he meant.” Thomas Bailey Aldrich
My favourite, and a bit of a mantra at the minute, is the one I posted last week…
“Be pretty if you can, be witty if you must, but be gracious if it kills you” Elsie de Wolfe
When I need an interjection, ‘gracious’ is never going to be strong enough. I’m aiming for the adjective.