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noun \ˈgrās\

Simple Definition of grace

  • : a way of moving that is smooth and attractive and that is not stiff or awkward

  • : a controlled, polite, and pleasant way of behaving

  • graces : skills that are needed for behaving in a polite way in social situations

Full Definition of grace

  1. 1 a :  unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification b :  a virtue coming from God c :  a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine grace

  2. 2 a :  approval, favor <stayed in his good graces> b archaic :  mercy, pardon c :  a special favor :  privilege <each in his place, by right, not grace, shall rule his heritage — Rudyard Kipling> d :  disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemency e :  a temporary exemption :  reprieve

  3. 3 a :  a charming or attractive trait or characteristic b :  a pleasing appearance or effect :  charm <all the grace of youth — John Buchan> c :  ease and suppleness of movement or bearing

  4. 4 —used as a title of address or reference for a duke, a duchess, or an archbishop

  5. 5 :  a short prayer at a meal asking a blessing or giving thanks

  6. 6 plural capitalized :  three sister goddesses in Greek mythology who are the givers of charm and beauty

  7. 7 :  a musical trill, turn, or appoggiatura

  8. 8 a :  sense of propriety or right <had the grace not to run for elective office — Calvin Trillin> b :  the quality or state of being considerate or thoughtful

Examples of grace

  1. She walked across the stage with effortless grace.

  2. She handles her problems with grace and dignity.

  3. He has shown remarkable grace during this crisis.

  4. She is quite lovable despite her lack of social graces.

  5. Let us give thanks for God's grace.

  6. By the grace of God, no one was seriously hurt.

  7. She tried to live her life in God's grace.

Origin of grace

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin gratia favor, charm, thanks, from gratus pleasing, grateful; akin to Sanskrit gṛṇāti he praises

First Known Use: 12th century

Synonym Discussion of grace

mercy, charity, clemency, grace, leniency mean a disposition to show kindness or compassion. mercy implies compassion that forbears punishing even when justice demands it <threw himself on the mercy of the court>. charity stresses benevolence and goodwill shown in broad understanding and tolerance of others <show a little charity for the less fortunate>. clemency implies a mild or merciful disposition in one having the power or duty of punishing <the judge refused to show clemency>. grace implies a benign attitude and a willingness to grant favors or make concessions <by the grace of God>. leniency implies lack of severity in punishing <criticized the courts for excessive leniency>.

Other Christian Religious Terms




Simple Definition of grace

  • : to decorate or add beauty to (something)

Full Definition of grace


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to confer dignity or honor on

  3. 2 :  adorn, embellish <graveled walks graced with statues — J. A. Michener>

Examples of grace

  1. Several marble statues grace the courtyard.

  2. <I hope that you will grace our gathering with your presence.>


First Known Use of grace


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