gracious, cordial, affable, genial, sociable mean markedly pleasant and easy in social intercourse. gracious implies courtesy and kindly consideration.
the gracious award winner thanked her colleagues cordial stresses warmth and heartiness.
our host was cordial as he greeted us affable implies easy approachability and readiness to respond pleasantly to conversation or requests or proposals.
though wealthy, she was affable to all genial stresses cheerfulness and even joviality.
a genial companion with a ready quip sociable suggests a genuine liking for the companionship of others.
sociable people who enjoy entertaining
Examples of gracious in a Sentence
This is not a surprise given the welcome, gracious atmosphere, the uncommon competence of the kitchen, with its familiar Little Italy Italian menu … and the restaurant's credible wine list.— Mark Bittman, New York Times, 26 June 2002If there are not too many in the group, you might inquire solicitously about their health. If you are in a particularly gracious mood, you might even give them a brief resume of your physical condition.— Groucho Marx, letter, 15 Nov. 1951,
in The Groucho Letters, 1987Phoebe closed her eyes, seeing her father moving like a shadow among his guests, gracious, smiling, pouring wine and exchanging greetings.— Judith Berry Griffin, Phoebe the Spy, 1977The reception started in orderly enough fashion—gracious and leisurely. Paula Locker, the President of the Club, met me at the door, and I took my place in line with her, with Fishbait Miller doing the introducing.— Lady Bird Johnson, A White House Diary, 1970
Thank you for your gracious hospitality.
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Recent Examples on the WebInviting the faraway friend, rather than embarrass her or your local friend, was gracious.
Jacobina Martin, Washington Post, 21 July 2022 Here is somebody who is gracious and is doing something incredibly generous.
Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 July 2022 Trouble is, in an attempt to be gracious, Spoelstra might have stoked those flames.
Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 10 July 2022 Few stars were ever as gracious to his fans, and those kinds of stories are legendary.
Ken Budd, Washington Post, 25 May 2022 Oh, this is how some people deal with it really well and are very gracious about it.
Jesse David Fox, Vulture, 2 Dec. 2021 And Lupe Fiasco was gracious enough to yield his stage briefly to Milwaukee activist Fatima Laster, owner of 5 Points Art Gallery and Studio on the north side.
Piet Levy, Journal Sentinel, 4 July 2022 Dìrísù offered a similar description of Pinto as a gracious and giving actor.
Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 July 2022 Inside the narrow, cozy space which feels more like a gracious home than stuffy restaurant, guests can dig into a rotating tasting menu that celebrates the diverse bounty of the sea.
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