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saving grace

a quality that makes up for other generally negative characteristics; redeeming feature.
Origin of saving grace
First recorded in 1590-1600 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Faith, as you may have heard in church, is a saving grace, and essential to peace of mind.

    A Pessimist Robert Timsol
  • Indeed, at the time of its first successes, it was the saving grace of England.

    Browning's England Helen Archibald Clarke
  • He began to say that often where there was no wilful rejection of truth, saving grace and faith might be vouchsafed.

    Hopes and Fears Charlotte M. Yonge
  • He might have loved at one time—which would have been a saving grace.

  • Indeed, as long as the saving grace of Sincerity is present, the plan seems excellent.

    The Serf Guy Thorne

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