Definition of grace in English:

grace

noun

mass noun
  • 1Smoothness and elegance of movement.

    ‘she moved through the water with effortless grace’
    • ‘Thirty years of relentless training and performance have given him total grace and fluidity of movement.’
    • ‘The rhythm of his run, the accuracy of the plant and the ease and effortless grace with which he flipped over the cross bar provided a fascinating spectacle.’
    • ‘It wasn't exactly a movement of grace but I really didn't care.’
    • ‘Training imparts a sort of grace to their movements and timbre in their voice.’
    • ‘Sweat was dripping down our faces by this time, but we had to keep our smiles planted on our face and an ease and grace in our movements.’
    • ‘She moved with such grace following my every movement.’
    • ‘Her mother, Bo, was a beauty pageant winner in Korea, and as you watch her daughter on the course you have a sense that she has inherited some of the same elegance and grace.’
    • ‘I generally perform with all the elegance and grace of a hippopotamus.’
    • ‘In plain leotards six dancers brought the discordant music and bare stage to life with their precise, agile movement and amazing grace on a centre stage trapeze.’
    • ‘She was 5'7, slim and wiry, with a dancer's slow, precise grace in her movements.’
    • ‘Two ladies strolled out, walking with perfect elegance and grace.’
    • ‘He danced marvelously with grace, elegance and form.’
    • ‘Ultimate grace and effortless precision combine into a vision of someone floating on a cloud.’
    • ‘They have beauty on their side, they also have grace and elegance.’
    • ‘Because of the lightness and grace of the movements, the martial art is cunningly disguised as dance.’
    • ‘I do the first couple of movements with grace and ease… but then I forget.’
    • ‘The battlecruisers' movements lost their grace, and they fired with far less precision.’
    • ‘While it is true that some of us are with blessed with natural grace of movement, this doesn't necessarily translate to dance movement.’
    • ‘Even against such odds, she had not given up; she fought without skill or training, but her movements spoke of grace and control.’
    • ‘Nothing on this earth could match their fast movements and grace.’
    elegance, stylishness, poise, finesse, charm
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  • 2Courteous good will.

    ‘he had the good grace to apologize to her afterwards’
    • ‘He handles it all with politeness and good grace.’
    • ‘All these visitors to our realm should be greeted with the same grace and courtesy.’
    • ‘All the guests were models of decorum, grace and manners and I didn't know if I would get used to such good behaviour.’
    • ‘Rather than seeing this as a sign of weakness, I see it as a sign of grace, courtesy, and diplomacy.’
    • ‘Your grace and diplomacy take you to high places and to important people.’
    • ‘At least he had the good grace to apologize quickly.’
    • ‘At least he has the good grace to admit that the professional relationship he has with his deputy is different these days.’
    • ‘She let me off the hook with grace, respect and her trademark southern charm.’
    • ‘When he visited us in Delhi, I was immediately charmed by his grace, civility and intellectual sensitivity.’
    • ‘Despite suffering what must have been a hurtful rebuff for a young academic, she spoke of him in very respectful terms, characteristic of her usual grace.’
    • ‘And they are familiar with every principal difference between UK and US culture and deal with them with grace and good humour.’
    • ‘All Americans have come to see this city as place of bravery, of generosity and grace.’
    • ‘And he didn't even have the good grace to admit being caught out.’
    • ‘They didn't have to give me their time but they did - and they did it with humour and good grace.’
    • ‘Everyone in New York was so proud of the politeness, grace and conduct of their visitors who have made countless friends throughout the US.’
    • ‘‘I don't want to make a big deal out of this,’ she says with a characteristic mixture of grace and frankness.’
    • ‘They've tolerated our haphazard approach to marriage with grace and humour.’
    • ‘And to give him his due, Monty had the good grace to admit the article had spurred him on to prove he could still win at the highest level.’
    • ‘They were the picture of decency, commitment, and stability, of grace, strength, and integrity.’
    • ‘She tolerated my eleven year old's questions with grace and kindness.’
    courtesy, courteousness, politeness, manners, good manners, mannerliness, civility, decorum, decency, propriety, breeding, respect, respectfulness
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    1. 2.1graces An attractively polite manner of behaving.
      ‘she has all the social graces’
      • ‘Nanotechnology may cure chemically-based paranoia and depression forever, but it will not confer social graces on the awkward - or compassion on the intolerant.’
      • ‘High-minded citizens petitioned Congress to vote in a new era of enlightened laws to cultivate the social graces.’
      • ‘Perhaps there you can learn some of the basics of the social graces.’
      • ‘In many tribal cultures, the social graces, being polite, showing respect and personal interactions are more important than being on time.’
      • ‘It's just that I don't have the personality to sit still and make sure to keep my laughter at a low tone and pretend I am interested in mundane things for the sake of social graces.’
      • ‘It's not everyday someone just offers you food, so good graces and manners were what he needed at this moment in time.’
      • ‘And above all, he has replaced his father's courtesy and good graces with an almost proud rudeness and scorn for others.’
      • ‘There is a stereotyped image of the virus writer: male, in his teens or early twenties, technically talented but lacking in all the social graces.’
      • ‘Her family was well connected, and Griffith received an education suitable for a fine lady in polite literature, French, poetry, and the social graces.’
      • ‘Campus interviewers often rush through résumés, looking more for future graduates with potential, which may or may not amount to social graces.’
      • ‘He has a marvelous ability to handle women - with all the social graces.’
      • ‘My tutor hadn't explained the social graces: how, to some extent at least, all players around the table often want the same outcome for the dice and build up some camaraderie.’
      • ‘There is no doubt manners and social graces are essential pillars to hold up our society.’
      • ‘For all her military ambitions, Dana was well trained in the social graces, and could waltz as well as she could fight.’
      • ‘In Japan, by observing all the social graces, I could often pass for a native.’
      • ‘From an early age, children are trained in etiquette and the social graces.’
  • 3(in Christian belief) the free and unmerited favour of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.

    • ‘Does it bring glory to the Son of God as the only dispenser of grace to guilty sinners - and the only way to God?’
    • ‘Even at our best, we are pretty ambiguous characters, and it is only by God's grace in Christ that we have hope of salvation.’
    • ‘They have no understanding of the gospel, no knowledge of God's free grace, and no experience of the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit.’
    • ‘Not only does God give us wisdom and His grace, we are blessed with His qualities, which is to be Christ-like.’
    • ‘He gave away much that others might enjoy the treasure of God's grace in Jesus Christ.’
    • ‘In a general sense this miracle speaks to us about the dawn of the gospel of grace through Jesus Christ.’
    • ‘Every true Christian is evidence of that, for every one is a sinner saved by grace.’
    • ‘It is faith in Jesus Christ, whose righteousness has been imputed to us by the free grace of God.’
    • ‘Harvey also talked about God's grace in his life though.’
    • ‘Our main message is salvation through grace alone, by faith alone, through Christ alone.’
    • ‘They know that they stand accepted by God, forgiven and adopted into God's family, solely on the basis of God's free grace.’
    • ‘The book approached the issue of salvation, God's grace, and human free will from a Calvinist perspective.’
    • ‘The chief remedy for sin, poverty and dirt should be the gospel of God's free grace.’
    • ‘He is worthy of worship and calls sinners saved by grace to this great endeavour.’
    • ‘Paul's gospel is that salvation comes by grace through faith, to Jew and Gentile alike.’
    • ‘How can people appreciate the wonder of grace, forgiveness and salvation if they have not first learnt about God's holiness and the gravity of sin?’
    • ‘We are saved by God's free grace, through faith in Christ's atoning death and resurrection.’
    • ‘We all know that Paul's letters emphasise salvation by grace through faith.’
    • ‘The truth was that they were saved by grace and that all spiritual blessings were theirs in Christ.’
    • ‘If rejection is our dilemma, grace is our salvation.’
    favour, good will, generosity, kindness, benefaction, beneficence, indulgence
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    1. 3.1count noun A divinely given talent or blessing.
      ‘the scheme has proved to be a great grace for the Church’
      • ‘A fair number of the devotees we spoke to believed that this is the most auspicious moment of the festival and everyone who is present and sees the flat being hoisted, receives special blessings and graces from the Holy Mother.’
      • ‘The theme will be thanksgiving for the many graces and blessings we receive.’
      • ‘Peace grows when the graces of God and the blessings of Earth are not considered possessions to be protected but divine gifts intended for all.’
      • ‘For John, mystical theology is a gift of grace by which a prayerful person stands before and has some kind of experience of the presence of God.’
      • ‘The seven deadly sins and their antitheses, the four cardinal virtues and three heavenly graces, provide the book's organising principle.’
      • ‘That's not only uncharitable, it's an almost guaranteed way to blind oneself to all the graces of the sacrament of Holy Orders.’
      • ‘Perseverance is an unmerited gift of grace, just as is also the initial turning of the will to God in faith and penitence.’
      • ‘He didn't accept that her experiences were divine graces and ordered her to terminate her ecstasies as soon as she felt them beginning.’
      • ‘By God's great grace, his prayers for my salvation have now been answered.’
      • ‘First they acknowledge publicly their commitment to the Catholic Church and receive the graces of the sacraments but they also enjoy being fussed over, dressing in new clothes and getting lots of money!’
      • ‘In our day and age, we have to be thankful for small graces.’
    2. 3.2 The condition or fact of being favoured by someone.
      • ‘In fact, her perfect fall from grace earns nothing but fresh punishment for her lack of attention to detail.’
      • ‘A fall from grace does not take much: a drunken tumble, a night out with the wrong man, an inadvertent outburst, a struggle with dependency.’
      • ‘We always knew that their descent into the heinous crimes that they once covered with alleged-virtue would make for a magnificent fall from grace.’
      • ‘But it suffered a spectacular fall from grace when about £2bn of its funds ran into severe trouble as equity markets plunged.’
      • ‘Burdened by addiction and avarice, Fatty's rise to stardom soon became a fall from grace.’
      • ‘Just when Bangalore's lakes are heading towards a fall from grace, lake wardens are all set to rejuvenate them.’
      • ‘Fella went on to say that after this fall from grace, everybody expressed shock, shock I tell you, that this man was so reckless.’
      • ‘He had two Oscar nominations, before falling from grace and into an ugly drug habit.’
      • ‘Stevens isn't referring to conflict of interests here, but his words are the best assessment of the Supreme Court's fall from grace.’
      • ‘Chris, then, has fallen from grace and is living in a kind of purgatory, respected but terribly alone, knowing he can never be forgiven because the person he wronged is dead.’
      • ‘In its infancy, the process fell from grace because of production problems.’
      • ‘Spending his final years a man in exile, Ray lived a life where drugs and alcohol caused his fall from grace.’
      • ‘I will put aside my own feelings in order to examine the facts of his fall from grace.’
      • ‘It's been an abrupt fall from grace for the author.’
      • ‘Richardson's sad fall from grace began with his addiction to cocaine.’
      • ‘They themselves have fallen from grace in recent years, with the exploits of their junior footballers taking most, if not all, of the limelight away from the hurlers.’
      • ‘Suffice to say, Harry's homecoming does not see him greeted with open arms, and the majority of the story is concerned with Harry's attempts to regain Hannah's good graces.’
      • ‘The genre's current fall from grace stems from the fact that it is dominated by the same DJs now as it was in 1988.’
      favour, approval, approbation, acceptance, commendation, esteem, regard, respect, preferment, liking, support, goodwill
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  • 4A period officially allowed for payment of a sum due or for compliance with a law or condition, especially an extended period granted as a special favour.

    ‘we'll give them 30 days' grace and then we'll be doing checks’
    as modifier ‘a two-month grace period’
    • ‘In February, the plaintiff again sought and was granted a further grace period to March 31, 1995.’
    • ‘Just before you know you may miss a payment, ask for a cure, which is a 30-day grace from your mortgage payment.’
    • ‘He says that the Mars mission could take place as early as 2009, but the two years' grace period allows the agency to spread the cost around that much more.’
    • ‘The loan should be repaid within 10 years and has a 5-year grace period and preferential interest.’
    • ‘The pilot scheme involves cars which are not insured being removed from the road while the drivers are given a period of grace usually seven days in which to organise insurance and recover their vehicles.’
    • ‘Subjects were allowed a period of grace, 20% of the period covered by the previous prescription, to obtain another prescription of the drug.’
    • ‘The loans were provided at favourable terms, and a period of grace for their repayment was sometimes granted, with significantly low interest rates.’
    • ‘However the local policy of 3 months grace is not a rule of law, and the overall conduct needs to be looked at.’
    • ‘Effectively, the family can be given a year's grace before the court grants possession.’
    • ‘If the patient cannot pay immediately, a period of grace is allowed, but he maintained that this is not the norm.’
    • ‘However, to avoid a potentially chaotic situation, a 6-month grace period is provided before any regulations may be made invalid.’
    • ‘Its purpose was to give borrowers a period of grace before repayments of principal become due.’
    • ‘Legislation regarding the taxing of bookmakers was going to be amended and they would be given six months' grace under the old payment system.’
    • ‘If they are initially below 30 per cent, but then rise to above 35 per cent, the period of grace shall be limited to one year.’
    • ‘The offer of a period of grace is a critical factor in the underwriting of this form of business.’
    • ‘Of course, it is upon this 12-month grace period that Oakley wish to rely.’
    • ‘The loans are extended for up to 12 years with three-year grace period and are available for almost all sectors of the economy.’
    • ‘Quick work was necessary to allow adequate time for the implementation of the legislation within the year's grace allowed by the court, he said.’
    • ‘The company has a 30-day grace period to decide whether to make the payments.’
    • ‘Late fees now average $29, and most cards have reduced the late payment grace period from 14 days to zero days.’
    deferment, deferral, postponement, suspension, putting back, putting off, adjournment, delay, shelving, rescheduling, interruption, arrest, pause
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  • 5A short prayer of thanks said before or after a meal.

    • ‘Rev Armstrong said the grace before meal and Fr Maginn said the thanksgiving afterwards.’
    • ‘She ensured that they said their nightly prayers and grace before meals.’
    • ‘In many graces, we ask God's blessing for good food and good company.’
    • ‘Daddy wasn't religious - none of us were - but he had always said grace before meals, ever since I could remember.’
    • ‘Finally cubes of sweet juicy mango and fragrant curry leaves were added and we sat down to enjoy a meal with all the family after saying grace in Malayalam.’
    • ‘Every time you eat (whether it's a snack or a seven-course meal), say grace.’
    • ‘You two don't say grace at meals, or kiss each other good morning, good night or good-bye.’
    • ‘Twain joined Livy at prayers and grace before meals.’
    • ‘Say a simple little grace before meals, even on the odd day’
    • ‘They don't leave their rooms until everything is tidy and say grace before every meal.’
    • ‘I am grateful to my parents in a way as I have never been forced to go to church or to say grace before meals (except at junior school).’
    • ‘The boys eat dinner together with each set of grandparents, say grace before meals, and read or share stories at night.’
    • ‘Neither of my parents had been overly religious although Da had insisted on saying grace before meals and he refused to do any work on a Sunday.’
    prayer of thanks, thanksgiving, blessing, benediction
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  • 6His", "Her", or "Your""GraceUsed as forms of description or address for a duke, duchess, or archbishop.

    ‘His Grace, the Duke of Atholl’
    • ‘Before she could change her mind, he said quickly to the Cardinal, ‘Thank you for the lesson, Your Grace,’ and turned and ran from the courtyard.’
    • ‘The awards will be presented by His Grace, the Duke of Gloucester, in the Royal Pavilion on Tuesday, July 1.’
    • ‘The Archbishop of York, His Grace Dr David Hope, enthusiastically gave the idea his support and preparations began.’
    • ‘I am sorry, Your Grace, but perhaps I am misunderstanding something.’
    • ‘Father replied that he had once made the acquaintance of the Duke of Covington and he would write to His Grace and see if he could help me secure a good position.’
    • ‘Nathaniel is a Duke and can either be called Your Grace or the Duke or the Duke of Hartford.’
    • ‘Again, thank you, Your Grace, for rescuing me from that vile man.’
    • ‘Will His Grace, the Duke of Westchester, be attending the ball, Miss Maria?’
    • ‘Back on the waterfront, the most senior man among Reservists, Major General His Grace the Duke of Westminster, paid a visit to the Royal Naval and Royal Marines Reservists at the Royal Naval HQ Merseyside in Liverpool.’
    • ‘I am sorry, Your Grace, but I could never trust myself with that responsibility.’
    • ‘Last week, His Grace, Archbishop Clifford has given his blessing to the plans and sent his adviser on church buildings, to inspect our parish properties.’
    • ‘Finally, I must acknowledge the kindness of His Grace The Duke of Norfolk in allowing access to his archives at Arundel Castle.’
    • ‘This is a state-of-the-art vessel, Your Grace.’
    • ‘You aren't just trying to protect me are you, Your Grace?’
    • ‘Interestingly, the Archbishop of Canterbury has so far declined to comment but spokesmen say, somewhat unenthusiastically, that His Grace could ‘see the value’ in inviting them.’
    • ‘My father is William Seymour, brother to His Grace the Duke of Somerset.’
    • ‘‘It is a pleasure, Your Grace,’ she said, and bowed with a certain level of strength and humility, which overshadowed Elizabeth's own nature.’
    • ‘She will be unveiling a recently sculpted bronze head of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, which has been presented to Sandown Park by His Grace the Duke of Devonshire.’
    • ‘He was plotting to overthrow the counsel, and even yourself, Your Grace.’
  • 7(in Greek mythology) three beautiful goddesses (Aglaia, Thalia, and Euphrosyne) believed to personify and bestow charm, grace, and beauty.

verb

  • 1with object and adverbial Bring honour or credit to (someone or something) by one's attendance or participation.

    ‘he is one of the best players ever to have graced the game’
    ironic ‘she had deigned to grace the city of New York with her presence’
    • ‘He is perhaps one of the most honest and caring people to ever grace our screens.’
    • ‘He was selected on the team of Centenary announced five years ago and is regarded as one of the finest footballers ever to grace the Gaelic fields.’
    • ‘She turned full time professional in 1979 and came to the attention of the great Mark Murphy, one of the most accomplished and respected jazz vocalists ever to grace a stage.’
    • ‘However, I'm pretty sure that his biggest claim to fame is that of being one of the best live performers ever to grace a concert hall or stadium.’
    • ‘Mr Palmer said: " Manchester has delivered a magnificent stadium that will grace the city and will be a worthy legacy for Manchester and British sport.’
    • ‘And how does he intend to unseat one of the greatest champions that has ever graced these parts?’
    • ‘A Tour of pure nostalgia with some of the greatest artists ever to grace the concert stage in Ireland will be coming to the north west next month.’
    • ‘It is fitting that the second half of the top ten best performances of 2003 should include one of the finest Sligo bands ever to grace a stage.’
    • ‘While in Boston he teamed up with Johnny Sain, another pitcher, and the two became one of the greatest duos ever to grace a baseball diamond.’
    • ‘Botham, 48, is widely considered to be one of the greatest all-rounders ever to grace the game.’
    • ‘John Taylor is acknowledged as one of the greatest hurlers ever to play for Laois and indeed one of the finest exponents ever to grace the ancient game.’
    • ‘It was great because we got to stay next door to my in-laws, and my mom, probably one of the best cooks ever to grace this planet, lived around the corner.’
    • ‘Flex congratulates Don, one of the nicest guys to ever grace the sport, on his successful surgery.’
    • ‘They are without doubt one of the most entertaining live rock shows to ever grace the stage.’
    • ‘If you have followed my guidelines, you will have undoubtedly created the most perfect email to ever grace the Internet!’
    • ‘For those of you who have never heard of the man, he was one of the wittiest, cleverest and funniest comedians that ever graced this earth.’
    • ‘Greaves, a goal-scorer of legendary prowess, is one of the greatest footballers ever to grace the English game.’
    • ‘She was fiddling with the oven when she noticed I had graced her with my presence.’
    • ‘Tonight is also boring, because Sky has not graced us with her presence.’
    • ‘Sampras refused to be drawn on the question of whether he was the greatest player ever to grace the game.’
    dignify, distinguish, add distinction to, add dignity to, honour, bestow honour on, favour, enhance, add lustre to, magnify, ennoble, glorify, elevate, make lofty, aggrandize, upgrade
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    1. 1.1with object (of a person or thing) be an attractive presence in or on; adorn.
      ‘Ms Pasco has graced the front pages of magazines like Elle and Vogue’
      • ‘They would grace our otherwise cluttered shelves.’
      • ‘The boy nodded, a crooked grin gracing his high, rosy cheekbones.’
      • ‘One of his prints also graces the entire back cover of the current issue of ‘Harvest’ - the Diocesan quarterly magazine.’
      • ‘Huge oaks, cedars and wisteria grace the 1,300 acre stretch of rambling greens known as Deer Park.’
      • ‘Jason's sister pulled him into a tight hug, that radiant smile still gracing her lips.’
      • ‘He is the most gorgeous man to ever grace the planet, plain and simple.’
      • ‘Her images grace everything from linens and bedding to stationery products and floor coverings.’
      • ‘What a contrast that would be from the spoiled, overpaid and selfish athletes who normally grace the covers of sports magazines.’
      • ‘The work will also grace the cover of the 45,000 programs distributed all across the state.’
      • ‘Her eyes lit up with a star-struck grin gracing her pale, freckled face.’
      • ‘With small blond curls gracing his head and bright blue eyes, Jake was the object of Nell's affections.’
      • ‘I am delighted to learn an image of the sculpture will grace the new twenty-dollar bill.’
      • ‘And he did so in some of the most powerful images ever to grace a billboard.’
      • ‘His woodcarvings still grace the Hotel Marauw and Biak's House of Arts.’
      • ‘Before Hamm in January 1997, no woman had ever graced our cover.’
      • ‘Huge wooden beams in the bedroom and drawing room once graced an Aberdeen wool mill.’
      • ‘A special table will grace the Great Chamber of a historic house in York in memory of one of its volunteers.’
      • ‘Neither one moved or spoke, but a soft smile graced both of their mouths as they held each other.’
      • ‘Some of his mural paintings grace the Synod Palace in Sofia and Varna Cathedral.’
      • ‘It was April 10, 1912, and in less than an hour the most majestic ship to ever grace the seas would begin her historical maiden voyage.’
      adorn, embellish, decorate, furnish, ornament, add ornament to, enhance
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Phrases

  • be in someone's good (or bad) graces

    • Be regarded by someone with favour (or disfavour).

      • ‘We introduced ourselves and he promised coffee around the halfway point of our night, and by then he was in my good graces.’
      • ‘Rule #21 talks about how to get back into the good graces of the group.’
      • ‘Right now, Christians only need obey seven basic rules of morality to be in God's good graces.’
      • ‘Do you honestly think that after pleasing forty clients this week alone that I'd need to be in your good graces to survive the month?’
      • ‘I knew that the second my Dad tasted it Steve would forever be in his good graces, due to the fact that my Dad is a slave to his taste buds.’
      • ‘Though the people that hung out with him really didn't like him, they preferred to be in his good graces than otherwise.’
      • ‘In this multicultural world, people from those other cultures demand that they be treated as equal, command the same respect and be in our good graces.’
      • ‘She guessed that it probably belonged to one of the slaves that were in the queen 's good graces.’
      • ‘The Lady Morrigan herself has commended you on your fine performances, and suggests that if you keep this up, you will be in her good graces.’
      • ‘It's been a long struggle since then, but I think I'm back in their good graces now.’
  • fall from grace

    • 1A loss of favour or a position of power or honour.

      ‘the artist's fall from grace’
      • ‘Many feel he is the real culprit responsible for this team's fall from grace.’
      • ‘Her fall from grace has been as dramatic as her rise to prominence.’
      • ‘They are now being cross-examined on the tragic and spectacular fall from grace of their chief auditors and consultants.’
      • ‘A mistake was made, and the inevitable fall from grace began.’
      • ‘A fall from grace does not take much: a drunken tumble, a night out with the wrong man, an inadvertent outburst, or a struggle with dependency.’
      • ‘What ensured his fall from grace were his repeated promises that the war was almost over.’
      1. 1.1A descent from a state of divine favour into sin.
        ‘Adam and Eve's fall from grace’
    • 2Lose favour or a position of power or honour.

      ‘a pop singer who fell from grace’
      • ‘He was a great athlete before falling from grace.’
      • ‘Some of the leading business giants have fallen from grace over the past decade due to the lack of alignment between their own internal practices and their customers.’
      • ‘The moment they see someone has fallen from grace and can be of no further use to them, they discard him.’
      • ‘He soon fell from grace when he arrived on stage at a pop concert shouting incoherent abuse.’
      • ‘He fell from grace and was forced to flee the country.’
      1. 2.1Descend from a state of divine favour into sin.
        ‘a pop singer who fell from grace’
  • there but for the grace of God (go I)

    • Used to acknowledge one's good fortune in avoiding another's mistake or misfortune.

      • ‘You know there but for the grace of God… I was just lucky that after my mother died my Aunty Linda was around to take Father and I under her wing otherwise heaven knows where we would have ended up what with his drinking so bad and all.’
      • ‘And we know at one level that there but for the grace of God, or fate, or elementary physics, we could all have been victims.’
      • ‘When I see it from a professional point of view I think there but for the grace of God go I, but it hits you very differently when you are a parent - it was my Nicola, not just anyone.’
      • ‘My attitude is, there but for the grace of God…’ ‘When I hear people moaning, I think they should come and sit in here for a week and see what goes on and the heartbreak.’’
      • ‘It's the subject matter, in effect you're saying there but for the grace of God - I wouldn't have wanted to have made any of those moral decisions.’
      • ‘Proprietors themselves, perhaps feeling that there but for the grace of God go they, discourage serious criticism of their rivals.’
  • with good (or bad) grace

    • In a willing and happy (or resentful and reluctant) manner.

      • ‘He accepted his failure with good grace and went back to the Senate.’
      • ‘It was very hard fought, but always with good grace.’
      • ‘If one has apologised, one should accept it with good grace.’
      • ‘You take your tumbles with good grace and always come up smiling.’
      • ‘And residents and community leaders are now calling for developers to accept the decision with good grace and abandon the entire scheme.’
      • ‘Certain things I can forgive; occasionally I have forgotten how to spell my own name so I smile with good grace upon atrocious spellers and look with kindly benevolence upon the overuse of commas.’
      • ‘There was no train anywhere near - nothing even shown on the indicator boards - and yet everyone took it with good grace, and sat patiently, quietly, reading or just looking around.’
      • ‘They seem to be very against any form of control for what they do, and I have never in my life met anyone who was willing to stop smoking with good grace when asked.’
      • ‘He would, by his own admission, prefer not to have to address large groups, though he approaches this part of his job with good grace.’
      • ‘By accepting the residents' concerns and the council's decision with good grace, they would have emerged with a few more friends.’
      willingly, without hesitation, unhesitatingly, gladly, happily, cheerfully, with pleasure, without reluctance, ungrudgingly, voluntarily
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Origin

Middle English: via Old French from Latin gratia, from gratus ‘pleasing, thankful’; related to grateful.

Pronunciation

grace

/ɡreɪs/