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grace

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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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 in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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


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grace

verb

Simple Definition of grace

  • : to decorate or add beauty to (something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of grace

graced

gracing

  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 in a sentence

  1. Several marble statues grace the courtyard.

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



1585

First Known Use of grace

1585



GRACE Defined for Kids

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grace

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noun \ˈgrās\

Definition of grace for Students

  1. 1 :  a short prayer at a meal

  2. 2 :  beauty and ease of movement

  3. 3 :  pleasant, controlled, and polite behavior <social graces> <She handled the situation with grace.>

  4. 4 :  goodwill, favor <They were saved by the grace of God.>

  5. 5 :  the condition of being in favor <He tried to get in their good graces.>




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grace

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verb

Definition of grace for Students

graced

gracing

  1. 1 :  to do credit to :  honor <Will you grace us with your presence?>

  2. 2 :  to make more attractive :  adorn <A fountain graces the garden.>




Law Dictionary

grace

noun

Legal Definition of grace

  1. 1 :  a special favor :  privilege <considered by many authorities to be a matter of grace and not of right — The Mentally Disabled and the Law>

  2. 2a :  a temporary exemption b :  the prerogative of mercy exercised (as by a chief executive) or granted in the form of equitable relief





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