grace

noun
\ˈgrās \

Definition of grace 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : unmerited divine assistance given to humans for their regeneration or sanctification

b : a virtue coming from God

c : a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine assistance

2a : 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

3a : a charming or attractive trait or characteristic Among disagreeable qualities he possessed the saving grace of humor.

b : a pleasing appearance or effect : charm all the grace of youth— John Buchan

c : ease and suppleness (see supple entry 1 sense 2b) of movement or bearing danced with such grace

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

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

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

7 : a musical trill, turn, or appoggiatura

8a : 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 accepted his advice with grace

grace

verb
graced; gracing

Definition of grace (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to confer dignity or honor on The king graced him with the rank of a knight.

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

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Noun

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

Examples of grace in a Sentence

Noun

She walked across the stage with effortless grace. She handles her problems with grace and dignity. He has shown remarkable grace during this crisis. She is quite lovable despite her lack of social graces. Let us give thanks for God's grace. By the grace of God, no one was seriously hurt. She tried to live her life in God's grace.

Verb

Several marble statues grace the courtyard. I hope that you will grace our gathering with your presence.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The entire movie hinges on their tense relationship, and Andy spends the better part of two hours trying to get into Miranda's good graces, which finally happens right before the closing credits. Zoe Weiner, Glamour, "This 'Devil Wears Prada' Deleted Scene Tells a Completely Different Story," 30 Aug. 2017 Rather, I was suspended in a state of grace, and my heart almost exploded at the joy. Maria Finn, Longreads, "Can Love Sparked at Burning Man Last in Everyday Life?," 28 Aug. 2017 Dance is also an important part of the conservatory’s mission, and the spring dance program April 26-28 at White Recital Hall will celebrate the athleticism and grace of the school’s dancers. Patrick Neas, kansascity, "UMKC Conservatory’s ‘Hansel and Gretel’ will be ‘real feast for eyes and ears’," 25 Aug. 2017 Elba is the biggest saving grace in a wasteland of woes. Rick Bentley, idahostatesman, "‘The Dark Tower’ pale version of King’s story," 3 Aug. 2017 Carefully observing the modest and grace-filled mother of Jesus, the masterpiece of God’s love, Mary Magdalene would have learned what true feminine beauty looks like. Nr Interview, National Review, "Finding Peace with Mary Magdalene," 22 July 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Jenner attended the People's Choice Awards on Sunday night with an unexpected optical illusion gracing her eyelids. Zoë Weiner, Allure, "Kendall Jenner Wore Green Negative-Space Eye Makeup to the People’s Choice Awards," 13 Nov. 2018 Kendall attended the People's Choice Awards on Sunday night with an unexpected optical illusion gracing her eyelids. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Wore Negative Space Eye Makeup to the People’s Choice Awards," 12 Nov. 2018 Park Hyatt Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Not since the Vietnam War have the outdoor café tables immortalized in Graham Greene's The Quiet American graced historic Lam Son Square. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Hotels in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 As far as the couple's public banter on Twitter goes, gracing the cover of the hip-hop magazine’s latest issue was seemingly enough to get the rapper through security, even though the issue only listed his stage name. Fox News, "Rapper G-Eazy claims magazine cover got him through airport security," 2 Oct. 2018 There’s no rules to state that members of the royal family can’t attend celebrity red carpet events, as Kate Middleton and Prince William can often be spotted gracing the BAFTAs red carpet, for example. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Won't Attend the Emmys With the Rest of the 'Suits' Cast," 7 Aug. 2018 As time went on, the athletic couple were spotted at Tiger's golf tournaments, Lindsey's downhill races, and gracing the red carpet at various galas. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Olympian Lindsey Vonn Has Always Been Super Open About Her Dating Life," 23 July 2018 Select Walmart stores have something special gracing their shelves this summer. Essence.com, "This Black-Owned Water Company Is Gaining Global Attention," 11 July 2018 Her face has graced a postage stamp, a statue of her now stands in Clarkesville, and awards, buildings, and even a stretch of highway have been named for her. Kate Siber, Outside Online, "How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of grace

Noun

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for grace

Noun

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

Verb

see grace entry 1

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grace

noun

English Language Learners Definition of grace

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

grace

verb

English Language Learners Definition of grace (Entry 2 of 2)

: to decorate or add beauty to (something)

grace

noun
\ˈgrās \

Kids Definition of grace

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a short prayer at a meal

2 : beauty and ease of movement

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

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

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

grace

verb
graced; gracing

Kids Definition of grace (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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

grace

noun

Legal Definition of grace 

1 : a special favor : privilege considered by many authorities to be a matter of grace and not of rightThe Mentally Disabled and the Law

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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