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grace

Noun

1 (Bhristian theology) a state of sanctification by God; the state of one who under such divine influence; "the conception of grace developed alongside the conception of sin"; "it was debated whether saving grace could be obtained outside the membership of the church"; "the Virgin lived in a state of grace" [syn: saving grace, state of grace]
2 elegance and beauty of movement or expression [syn: gracility]
3 a sense of propriety and consideration for others [syn: seemliness] [ant: unseemliness]
4 a disposition to kindness and compassion; benign good will; "the victor's grace in treating the vanquished" [syn: good will, goodwill]
5 (Greek mythology) one of three sisters who were the givers of beauty and charm; a favorite subject for sculptors
6 a short prayer of thanks before a meal [syn: blessing, thanksgiving]
7 (Christian theology) the free and unmerited favor or beneficence of God; "God's grace is manifested in the salvation of sinners"; "there but for the grace of God go I" [syn: grace of God, free grace]

Verb

1 make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.; "Decorate the room for the party"; "beautify yourself for the special day" [syn: decorate, adorn, ornament, embellish, beautify]
2 be beautiful to look at; "Flowers adorned the tables everywhere" [syn: deck, adorn, decorate, embellish, beautify]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From grace (modern grâce), from gratia, from gratus ‘pleasing’. Compare grateful.

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. In the context of "not countable": Elegant movement; poise or balance.
  2. In the context of "not countable|theology": Free and undeserved favour, especially of God. Unmerited divine assistance given to humans for their regeneration or sanctification.
  3. In the context of "not countable|theology": Divine assistance in resisting sin.
  4. In the context of "countable": Short prayer of thanks before or after a meal.
    It has become less common to say grace before having dinner.
    For examples of the use of this sense see: citations.
  5. An allowance of time granted for a debtor during which he is free of at least part of his normal obligations towards the creditor.
    The repayment of the loan starts after a three years' grace (period).

Translations

elegant movement, poise or balance
free and undeserved favour, especially of God
divine assistance in resisting sin
short prayer before or after a meal
  • Finnish: ruokarukous
  • German: Tischgebet, Huld
relief period for a debtor
  • Finnish: vapaajakso
  • German: Aufschub, Fristverlängerung, Zahlungsfrist

Verb

  1. To alight, to land, to appear.
    He graced the room with his presence.

Translations

to alight

Related terms

Extensive Definition

Grace may refer to:
In music:
A song:
In religion:

People with the surname Grace

People with the first name Grace

grace in Spanish: Gracia
grace in French: Grâce
grace in Interlingua (International Auxiliary Language Association): Gratia (disambiguation)
grace in Polish: Grace
grace in Simple English: Grace

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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humanitarianism, humanity, hymn, immunity, impetration, imploration, incidental, incidental note, indemnity, indulgence, ingeniousness, ingenuity, inner arbiter, intercession, invitingness, invocation, inward monitor, justification, justification by works, kind deed, kind offices, kindliness, kindly act, kindness, know-how, labor of love, largeheartedness, leniency, lenity, limpidity, litany, long mordent, love, love of mankind, loveliness, lucidity, luxury, manna, mannerliness, marksmanship, mastership, mastery, meditation, mercifulness, mercy, merit, mitigation, mitzvah, moral censor, mordent, naturalness, neatness, niceness, nicety, obligation, obsecration, obtestation, office, orison, ornament, paean, paint, pardon, passage, pathos, pellucidity, perspicuity, petition, philanthropism, philanthropy, pity, plainness, pleasantness, poetry, poise, polish, politeness, practical ability, praise, pralltriller, prank, prank up, prayer, prayer of thanks, prayer wheel, preen, prettify, prettiness, pretty up, primp, primp up, prink, prink up, proficiency, profitableness, propriety, prowess, pulchritude, purification, purity, quality, quarter, quickness, readiness, recognition, redecorate, redemption, redo, refinement, refurbish, relief, remission, remission of sin, reprieve, resource, resourcefulness, respite, responsiveness, restraint, rewardingness, rites, rituals, rogation, rosary, roulade, run, ruth, sainthood, sainting, sanctification, savoir faire, savoir-faire, savvy, seamanship, seemliness, self-pity, sensuousness, service, set off, set out, setting apart, shrift, signalize, silent prayer, simplicity, single mordent, skill, skillfulness, smarten, smarten up, smoothness, social conscience, sophistication, soundness, sparing, spruce up, state of grace, straightforwardness, style, suaveness, suavity, subtlety, suit, superego, superiority, suppleness, supplication, sympathy, tact, tactfulness, tantalizingness, taste, tastefulness, technical brilliance, technical mastery, technical skill, technique, temptingness, tender conscience, tenderness, terseness, thank offering, thank-you, thanks, thanksgiving, the beautiful, timing, titivate, trick out, trick up, trim, turn, twinge of conscience, unaffectedness, usefulness, utilitarianism, validity, value, virtue, virtuosity, virtuousness, voice of conscience, voluptuousness, welfarism, well-disposedness, wholeness, winningness, winsomeness, wit, witchery, wizardry, workmanship, worth
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