- 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.
OTHER WORDS FOR grace
OPPOSITES FOR grace
Idioms about 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
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.
OTHER WORDS FROM gracegracelike, adjectiveun·graced, adjective
Other definitions for grace (2 of 2)
How to use grace in a sentence
Well, we could go into its antecedents in both India and Germany, the push to make it an Olympic event and all of the strength, suppleness, skill and grace it takes to pull it off well.Know Your Flow: The Good Sh*t Guide to Pole Passions|Eugene Robinson|November 12, 2020|Ozy
Given that daily life and the small hardships thereof are basically the building blocks of the human experience, I don’t think you need to do a lot of explaining to your kids about the importance of managing them with grace.Carolyn Hax: She has a 90-minute commute, but it doesn’t have to be all uphill|Carolyn Hax|November 12, 2020|Washington Post
There are many other stories of leaders, politicians, and celebrities who have taken to hiding embarrassing relatives, perhaps to stay in the good graces of the public.Why We Judge People Based on Their Relatives - Facts So Romantic|Diana Fleischman|November 11, 2020|Nautilus
You don’t have to like each other, but proffered grace is a start.Carolyn Hax: Mother-in-law constantly demeans her|Carolyn Hax|November 11, 2020|Washington Post
It’s a twist that could be awkward, but she manages it with a huge smile, confidence and grace.‘The Bachelorette’s’ second premiere: New lead Tayshia Adams meets Clare Crawley’s leftovers|Lisa Bonos|November 11, 2020|Washington Post
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.Matthew McConaughey’s God Moment|William O’Connor|March 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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
His presence, also, always graced Walls End Castle at the regulation periods.
For several weeks he and Dr. Wolff had pottered about the set of rooms that were to be graced by Georgie's presence.
Thomas's head was placed on the castle tower, and the heads of the others graced the three gates of the city.King Robert the Bruce|A. F. Murison
In 1819 he was enrolled among the most distinguished dandies who graced Parisian society.Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z|Anatole Cerfberr and Jules Franois Christophe
Here we taste a mingling of modern elegance and hoary antiquity, such as has never ere now graced life for either of us.A Thin Ghost and Others|M. R. (Montague Rhodes) James
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)
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.