grace

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Did you know that "grace," "gracias," and "grazie" all descend from the same Latin word, "grātia"? Let us explain!

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noun

verb (used with object), graced, grac·ing.

to lend or add grace to; adorn: Many fine paintings graced the rooms of the house.
to favor or honor: to grace an occasion with one's presence.

Idioms for grace

Origin of grace

1125–75; Middle English < Old French < Latin grātia favor, kindness, esteem, derivative of grātus pleasing

OTHER WORDS FROM grace

grace·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

¡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.

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)

Grace
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noun

William Russell,1832–1904, U.S. financier and shipping magnate, born in Ireland: mayor of New York City 1880–88.
a female given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for grace (1 of 3)

grace
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noun

verb

Word Origin for grace

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

British Dictionary definitions for grace (2 of 3)

Grace1
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noun

(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)

Grace2
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noun

W (illiam) G (ilbert). 1848–1915, English cricketer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with grace

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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