- the freely given, unmerited favor and love of God.
- the influence or spirit of God operating in humans to regenerate or strengthen them.
- a virtue or excellence of divine origin: the Christian graces.
- Also called state of grace. the condition of being in God's favor or one of the elect.
verb (used with object), graced, grac·ing.
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Words nearby grace
Idioms for grace
- Theology. to relapse into sin or disfavor.
- to lose favor; be discredited: He fell from grace when the boss found out he had lied.
Origin of grace
OTHER WORDS FROM gracegrace·like, adjectiveun·graced, adjective
Quotations related to grace
- "When a person expends the least amount of motion on one action, that is grace."-Anton Pavlovich Chekhov Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 8, p. 11, “Nauka” (1976)
- "When a clergyman is present, he is asked to say grace, often after everyone is seated. But in the case of a friend, he should be asked in advance if he would like to say grace."-Nancy Tuckerman & Nancy Dunnan The Amy Vanderbilt Complete Book of Etiquette (1995)
historical usage of grace
For the ancient Romans, grātia had three distinct meanings: (1) a pleasing quality, (2) favor or goodwill, and (3) gratitude or thanks. We find all three of these meanings in modern-day English. The first when we describe someone as having (or not having) grace: “Dancing, she had all the grace of an elephant on skates.” The second when we talk about giving or getting grace: “by the grace of God.” And the third when we say grace (i.e., “thanks”) at a meal.
So if you have something to be grateful for, you can say thank-you, grātia, gracias, or grazie. Just make sure you don’t give that something a coup de grâce.
popular references for grace
— Amazing Grace: A hymn written by English clergyman John Newton, who participated in the slave trade before finding religion.
— Grace: Jeff Buckley’s sole studio album, released in 1994, just three years before his early death.
Definition for grace (2 of 2)
Example sentences from the Web for grace
But there is a big twist in this story that has left both Grace Castro and Lozoya frustrated and grasping for more answers.
That is a reality that still eats at Grace Castro and Yvonne Lozoya.
Twin girls, Greta and Grace, run around the floor in circles, wearing pink playsuits with tiny pink wings attached.
“Light trumps darkness, hope beats despair, grace wins over sin, love defeats hate, life conquers death,” the cardinal said.'Please Don't Die!': The Frantic Battle to Save Murdered Cops|Michael Daly|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We worked in the cultural arena instead, with pioneers like Ellen and Will & Grace.
They flow wideningly around the hard turnings of the house with the grace of a rivulet.The Amateur Garden|George W. Cable
Hillary and Grace seemed to know most of these people by sight.The Memoirs of an American Citizen|Robert Herrick
The modern languages give unto such persons the name of favorites, or privadoes; as if it were matter of grace or conversation.
I thought of those miserable three days' grace which were all that the French consulate had accorded me.Alone|Norman Douglas
The skipper had the grace to blush, and shifted uneasily in his chair.The Green Mummy|Fergus Hume
British Dictionary definitions for grace (1 of 3)
- affectation of manner (esp in the phrase airs and graces)
- in someone's good graces regarded favourably and with kindness by someone
- the free and unmerited favour of God shown towards man
- the divine assistance and power given to man in spiritual rebirth and sanctification
- the condition of being favoured or sanctified by God
- an unmerited gift, favour, etc, granted by God
Word Origin for grace
British Dictionary definitions for grace (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for grace (3 of 3)
Idioms and Phrases with grace
see fall from grace; in someone's bad graces; in someone's good graces; saving grace; say grace; there but for the grace of god; with good grace.