- 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.
- 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
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.
— 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.
- "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)
Related Words for gracedbedeck, decorate, adorn, crown, glorify, elevate, deck, enrich, dignify, ornament, favor, distinguish, enhance, garnish, honor, laureate
Examples from the Web for graced
Contemporary Examples of graced
For 50 years, this city that once graced postcards has been a battlefield.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
November 23, 2014
The Toronto Zoo polar bear cub has been a fixture of this video blog since he first graced the world with his adorable presence.Adele Dazeem Sings, RT Anchor Quits, and More Viral Videos
The Daily Beast Video
March 8, 2014
He has graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or of any other human hand.Matthew McConaughey’s God Moment
March 3, 2014
The Palais Galliera is graced with high ceilings, and feels grand and worshipful, a St. Sulpice church for fashion devotees.Azzedine Alaïa Retrospective Opens at Palais Galliera in Paris
September 27, 2013
Products bearing his iconic image have graced the lips, hair, and faces of millions of men and women across the world.Burt’s Bees Co-Founder Burt Shavitz on the Doc ‘Burt’s Buzz,’ and Losing Millions
September 11, 2013
Historical Examples of graced
Hobbs had seemed more of the craven type which Stryker graced so conspicuously.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
And, God willing, it shall be graced for each of us with a wife like—her.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
He went over to one of the trunks that graced the window as seats.The Spoilers of the Valley
Had the hat covered the flint completely, he must assuredly have graced a cabinet."Wee Tim'rous Beasties"
Has not your generous board been graced with the presence of royalty?The English Spy
- affectation of manner (esp in the phrase airs and graces)
- in someone's good gracesregarded 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
fem. proper name, literally "favor, grace;" see grace (n.).
c.1200, "to thank," from Old French gracier, from grace (see grace (n.)). Meaning "to show favor" (mid-15c.) led to that of "to lend or add grace to something" (1580s, e.g. grace us with your presence), which is the root of the musical sense in grace notes (1650s). Related: Graced; gracing.
late 12c., "God's favor or help," from Old French grace "pardon, divine grace, mercy; favor, thanks; elegance, virtue" (12c.), from Latin gratia "favor, esteem, regard; pleasing quality, good will, gratitude" (source of Italian grazia, Spanish gracia), from gratus "pleasing, agreeable," from PIE root *gwere- "to favor" (cf. Sanskrit grnati "sings, praises, announces," Lithuanian giriu "to praise, celebrate," Avestan gar- "to praise").
Sense of "virtue" is early 14c., that of "beauty of form or movement, pleasing quality" is mid-14c. In classical sense, "one of the three sister goddesses (Latin Gratiæ, Greek Kharites), bestowers of beauty and charm," it is first recorded in English 1579 in Spenser. The short prayer that is said before or after a meal (early 13c.; until 16c. usually graces) has a sense of "gratitude."
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.