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  1. elegance or beauty of form, manner, motion, or action: We watched her skate with effortless grace across the ice.

  2. a pleasing or attractive quality or endowment: He lacked the manly graces.

  1. favor or goodwill.

  2. a manifestation of favor, especially by a superior: It was only through the dean's grace that I wasn't expelled from school.

  3. mercy; clemency; pardon: He was saved by an act of grace from the governor.

  4. favor shown in granting a delay or temporary immunity.

  5. an allowance of time after a debt or bill has become payable granted to the debtor before suit can be brought against them or a penalty applied: The life insurance premium is due today, but we have 31 days' grace before the policy lapses.: Compare grace period.

  6. Theology.

    • 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.

  7. moral strength: the grace to perform a duty.

  8. a short prayer before or after a meal, in which a blessing is asked and thanks are given: Grandfather will now say grace.

  9. Usually Grace . a formal title used in addressing or mentioning a duke, duchess, or archbishop, and formerly also a sovereign (usually preceded by your, his, etc.).

  10. Graces, Classical Mythology. the goddesses of beauty, daughters of Zeus and Eurynome, worshiped in Greece as the Charities and in Rome as the Gratiae.

  11. Music. grace note.

verb (used with object),graced, grac·ing.
  1. to lend or add grace to; adorn: Many fine paintings graced the rooms of the house.

  2. to favor or honor: to grace an occasion with one's presence.

Idioms about grace

  1. but for the grace of God, under less fortunate circumstances: But for the grace of God, the brick that just fell from the roof would have hit me on the head!

  2. by the grace of God, thankfully; fortunately: By the grace of God, I won't have to deal with tax returns for another year.

  1. fall from 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.

  2. have the grace to, to be so kind as to: Would you have the grace to help, please?

  3. in someone's good / bad graces, regarded with favor (or disfavor) by someone: It is a wonder that I have managed to stay in her good graces this long.

  4. with bad grace, reluctantly; grudgingly: He apologized, but did so with bad grace.: Also with a bad grace.

  5. with good grace, willingly; ungrudgingly: She took on the extra work with good grace.

Origin of grace

First recorded in 1125–75; Middle English, from Old French, from Latin grātia “favor, kindness, esteem,” derivative of grātus “pleasing”

word story For grace

¡Gracias! Grazie! When a Spanish or Italian speaker says thanks, they are invoking one of the meanings behind the word grace. That’s because grace, gracias, and grazie all descend from the same Latin word, grātia.
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.

Other words for grace

Opposites for grace

1 stiffness, ugliness, awkwardness, clumsiness; klutziness
4 animosity, enmity, disfavor
5 harshness
14 disfigure, desecrate, demean
15 disrespect, dishonor
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Other words from grace

  • gracelike, adjective
  • un·graced, adjective

Words Nearby grace

Other definitions for Grace (2 of 2)

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  1. William Russell, 1832–1904, U.S. financier and shipping magnate, born in Ireland: mayor of New York City 1880–88.

  2. a female given name. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use grace in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for grace (1 of 3)


/ (ɡreɪs) /

  1. elegance and beauty of movement, form, expression, or proportion

  2. a pleasing or charming quality

  1. goodwill or favour

  2. the granting of a favour or the manifestation of goodwill, esp by a superior

  3. a sense of propriety and consideration for others

  4. (plural)

    • affectation of manner (esp in the phrase airs and graces)

    • in someone's good graces regarded favourably and with kindness by someone

  5. mercy; clemency

  6. Christianity

    • 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

  7. a short prayer recited before or after a meal to invoke a blessing upon the food or give thanks for it

  8. music a melodic ornament or decoration

  9. with bad grace or with a bad grace unwillingly or grudgingly

  10. with good grace or with a good grace willingly or cheerfully

  1. (tr) to add elegance and beauty to: flowers graced the room

  2. (tr) to honour or favour: to grace a party with one's presence

  1. to ornament or decorate (a melody, part, etc) with nonessential notes

Origin of grace

C12: from Old French, from Latin grātia, from grātus pleasing

British Dictionary definitions for Grace (2 of 3)


/ (ɡreɪs) /

  1. (preceded by your, his, or her) a title used to address or refer to a duke, duchess, or archbishop

British Dictionary definitions for Grace (3 of 3)


/ (ɡreɪs) /

  1. W (illiam) G (ilbert). 1848–1915, English cricketer

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Other 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.

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