- 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.
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.
Examples from the Web for 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|Nina Strochlic|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
He has graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or of any other human hand.
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|Sarah Moroz|September 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Marlow Stern|September 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
How could she, a girl of seventeen, sympathise with the ladies who graced or disgraced the court at that day?Life and Times of Her Majesty Caroline Matilda, Vol. I (of III)|C. F. Lachelles Wraxall
Above the neck she is the most artificially and entertainingly painted creature that has graced society since Queen Elizabeth.Nonsenseorship|G. G. Putnam and Others
Her first entry into Berlin was graced by an act that proclaimed a loving nature.The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2)|John Holland Rose
Ladies, moreover, graced the board, and sipped from time to time the exhilarating fluid that sparkled in various tumblers.London in the Sixties|One of the Old Brigade
It was the first example of a solid and dignified abode in Baraboo, built of red brick and graced with four fluted columns.Baraboo, Dells, and Devil's Lake Region|H. E. Cole
British Dictionary definitions for graced (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 graced (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for graced (3 of 3)
Idioms and Phrases with graced
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.