Definition of grace in English:

grace

noun

  • 1Simple elegance or refinement of movement.

    ‘she moved through the water with effortless grace’
    • ‘The battlecruisers' movements lost their grace, and they fired with far less precision.’
    • ‘Two ladies strolled out, walking with perfect elegance and grace.’
    • ‘I do the first couple of movements with grace and ease… but then I forget.’
    • ‘Ultimate grace and effortless precision combine into a vision of someone floating on a cloud.’
    • ‘She was 5'7, slim and wiry, with a dancer's slow, precise grace in her movements.’
    • ‘He danced marvelously with grace, elegance and form.’
    • ‘Nothing on this earth could match their fast movements and grace.’
    • ‘I generally perform with all the elegance and grace of a hippopotamus.’
    • ‘While it is true that some of us are with blessed with natural grace of movement, this doesn't necessarily translate to dance movement.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Training imparts a sort of grace to their movements and timbre in their voice.’
    • ‘It wasn't exactly a movement of grace but I really didn't care.’
    • ‘Thirty years of relentless training and performance have given him total grace and fluidity of movement.’
    • ‘They have beauty on their side, they also have grace and elegance.’
    • ‘She moved with such grace following my every movement.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even against such odds, she had not given up; she fought without skill or training, but her movements spoke of grace and control.’
    • ‘Because of the lightness and grace of the movements, the martial art is cunningly disguised as dance.’
    elegance, stylishness, poise, finesse, charm
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    1. 1.1 Courteous goodwill.
      ‘at least he has the grace to admit his debt to her’
      • ‘Your grace and diplomacy take you to high places and to important people.’
      • ‘And they are familiar with every principal difference between UK and US culture and deal with them with grace and good humour.’
      • ‘And he didn't even have the good grace to admit being caught out.’
      • ‘All these visitors to our realm should be greeted with the same grace and courtesy.’
      • ‘They were the picture of decency, commitment, and stability, of grace, strength, and integrity.’
      • ‘All Americans have come to see this city as place of bravery, of generosity and grace.’
      • ‘They've tolerated our haphazard approach to marriage with grace and humour.’
      • ‘When he visited us in Delhi, I was immediately charmed by his grace, civility and intellectual sensitivity.’
      • ‘He handles it all with politeness and good grace.’
      • ‘All the guests were models of decorum, grace and manners and I didn't know if I would get used to such good behaviour.’
      • ‘‘I don't want to make a big deal out of this,’ she says with a characteristic mixture of grace and frankness.’
      • ‘Rather than seeing this as a sign of weakness, I see it as a sign of grace, courtesy, and diplomacy.’
      • ‘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 didn't have to give me their time but they did - and they did it with humour and good grace.’
      • ‘At least he has the good grace to admit that the professional relationship he has with his deputy is different these days.’
      • ‘At least he had the good grace to apologize quickly.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She let me off the hook with grace, respect and her trademark southern charm.’
      • ‘She tolerated my eleven year old's questions with grace and kindness.’
      • ‘Everyone in New York was so proud of the politeness, grace and conduct of their visitors who have made countless friends throughout the US.’
      courtesy, courteousness, politeness, manners, good manners, mannerliness, civility, decorum, decency, propriety, breeding, respect, respectfulness
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    2. 1.2graces An attractively polite manner of behaving.
      ‘she has all 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In many tribal cultures, the social graces, being polite, showing respect and personal interactions are more important than being on time.’
      • ‘From an early age, children are trained in etiquette and the social graces.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Perhaps there you can learn some of the basics of 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.’
      • ‘High-minded citizens petitioned Congress to vote in a new era of enlightened laws to cultivate 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Nanotechnology may cure chemically-based paranoia and depression forever, but it will not confer social graces on the awkward - or compassion on the intolerant.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He has a marvelous ability to handle women - with all the social graces.’
  • 2(in Christian belief) the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.

    • ‘Our main message is salvation through grace alone, by faith alone, through Christ alone.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The book approached the issue of salvation, God's grace, and human free will from a Calvinist perspective.’
    • ‘We are saved by God's free grace, through faith in Christ's atoning death and resurrection.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He gave away much that others might enjoy the treasure of God's grace in Jesus Christ.’
    • ‘If rejection is our dilemma, grace is our salvation.’
    • ‘It is faith in Jesus Christ, whose righteousness has been imputed to us by the free grace of God.’
    • ‘We all know that Paul's letters emphasise salvation by grace through faith.’
    • ‘Every true Christian is evidence of that, for every one is a sinner saved by grace.’
    • ‘The truth was that they were saved by grace and that all spiritual blessings were theirs in Christ.’
    • ‘They know that they stand accepted by God, forgiven and adopted into God's family, solely on the basis of God's free grace.’
    • ‘He is worthy of worship and calls sinners saved by grace to this great endeavour.’
    • ‘In a general sense this miracle speaks to us about the dawn of the gospel of grace through Jesus Christ.’
    • ‘Paul's gospel is that salvation comes by grace through faith, to Jew and Gentile alike.’
    • ‘Does it bring glory to the Son of God as the only dispenser of grace to guilty sinners - and the only way to God?’
    • ‘Not only does God give us wisdom and His grace, we are blessed with His qualities, which is to be Christ-like.’
    • ‘Harvey also talked about God's grace in his life though.’
    • ‘The chief remedy for sin, poverty and dirt should be the gospel of God's free grace.’
    favour, good will, generosity, kindness, benefaction, beneficence, indulgence
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    1. 2.1 A divinely given talent or blessing.
      ‘the graces of the Holy Spirit’
      • ‘The seven deadly sins and their antitheses, the four cardinal virtues and three heavenly graces, provide the book's organising principle.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘That's not only uncharitable, it's an almost guaranteed way to blind oneself to all the graces of the sacrament of Holy Orders.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He didn't accept that her experiences were divine graces and ordered her to terminate her ecstasies as soon as she felt them beginning.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In our day and age, we have to be thankful for small graces.’
      • ‘Perseverance is an unmerited gift of grace, just as is also the initial turning of the will to God in faith and penitence.’
      • ‘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!’
    2. 2.2 The condition or fact of being favored by someone.
      ‘he fell from grace because of drug use at the Olympics’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In its infancy, the process fell from grace because of production problems.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Spending his final years a man in exile, Ray lived a life where drugs and alcohol caused his fall from grace.’
      • ‘In fact, her perfect fall from grace earns nothing but fresh punishment for her lack of attention to detail.’
      • ‘Fella went on to say that after this fall from grace, everybody expressed shock, shock I tell you, that this man was so reckless.’
      • ‘Richardson's sad fall from grace began with his addiction to cocaine.’
      • ‘But it suffered a spectacular fall from grace when about £2bn of its funds ran into severe trouble as equity markets plunged.’
      • ‘It's been an abrupt fall from grace for the author.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He had two Oscar nominations, before falling from grace and into an ugly drug habit.’
      • ‘Just when Bangalore's lakes are heading towards a fall from grace, lake wardens are all set to rejuvenate them.’
      • ‘Burdened by addiction and avarice, Fatty's rise to stardom soon became a fall from grace.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Stevens isn't referring to conflict of interests here, but his words are the best assessment of the Supreme Court's fall from grace.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I will put aside my own feelings in order to examine the facts of his fall from grace.’
      favour, approval, approbation, acceptance, commendation, esteem, regard, respect, preferment, liking, support, goodwill
      favour, good will, generosity, kindness, benefaction, beneficence, indulgence
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  • 3A 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 favor.

    ‘another three days' grace’
    • ‘Its purpose was to give borrowers a period of grace before repayments of principal become due.’
    • ‘If the patient cannot pay immediately, a period of grace is allowed, but he maintained that this is not the norm.’
    • ‘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 company has a 30-day grace period to decide whether to make the payments.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However the local policy of 3 months grace is not a rule of law, and the overall conduct needs to be looked at.’
    • ‘The loans are extended for up to 12 years with three-year grace period and are available for almost all sectors of the economy.’
    • ‘The loan should be repaid within 10 years and has a 5-year grace period and preferential interest.’
    • ‘Just before you know you may miss a payment, ask for a cure, which is a 30-day grace from your mortgage payment.’
    • ‘The loans were provided at favourable terms, and a period of grace for their repayment was sometimes granted, with significantly low interest rates.’
    • ‘Effectively, the family can be given a year's grace before the court grants possession.’
    • ‘Late fees now average $29, and most cards have reduced the late payment grace period from 14 days to zero days.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In February, the plaintiff again sought and was granted a further grace period to March 31, 1995.’
    • ‘Of course, it is upon this 12-month grace period that Oakley wish to rely.’
    • ‘Subjects were allowed a period of grace, 20% of the period covered by the previous prescription, to obtain another prescription of the drug.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, to avoid a potentially chaotic situation, a 6-month grace period is provided before any regulations may be made invalid.’
    • ‘The offer of a period of grace is a critical factor in the underwriting of this form of business.’
    • ‘Legislation regarding the taxing of bookmakers was going to be amended and they would be given six months' grace under the old payment system.’
    deferment, deferral, postponement, suspension, putting back, putting off, adjournment, delay, shelving, rescheduling, interruption, arrest, pause
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  • 4A short prayer of thanks said before or after a meal.

    ‘before dinner the Reverend Newman said grace’
    • ‘Daddy wasn't religious - none of us were - but he had always said grace before meals, ever since I could remember.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Say a simple little grace before meals, even on the odd day’
    • ‘In many graces, we ask God's blessing for good food and good company.’
    • ‘She ensured that they said their nightly prayers and grace before meals.’
    • ‘Every time you eat (whether it's a snack or a seven-course meal), say grace.’
    • ‘Twain joined Livy at prayers and grace before meals.’
    • ‘The boys eat dinner together with each set of grandparents, say grace before meals, and read or share stories at night.’
    • ‘You two don't say grace at meals, or kiss each other good morning, good night or good-bye.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They don't leave their rooms until everything is tidy and say grace before every meal.’
    • ‘Rev Armstrong said the grace before meal and Fr Maginn said the thanksgiving afterwards.’
    prayer of thanks, thanksgiving, blessing, benediction
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  • 5His", "Her", or "Your""GraceUsed as forms of description or address for a duke, duchess, or archbishop.

    ‘His Grace, the Duke of Atholl’
    • ‘He was plotting to overthrow the counsel, and even yourself, Your Grace.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You aren't just trying to protect me are you, Your Grace?’
    • ‘Nathaniel is a Duke and can either be called Your Grace or the Duke or the Duke of Hartford.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Finally, I must acknowledge the kindness of His Grace The Duke of Norfolk in allowing access to his archives at Arundel Castle.’
    • ‘The awards will be presented by His Grace, the Duke of Gloucester, in the Royal Pavilion on Tuesday, July 1.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Will His Grace, the Duke of Westchester, be attending the ball, Miss Maria?’
    • ‘‘It is a pleasure, Your Grace,’ she said, and bowed with a certain level of strength and humility, which overshadowed Elizabeth's own nature.’
    • ‘The Archbishop of York, His Grace Dr David Hope, enthusiastically gave the idea his support and preparations began.’
    • ‘Again, thank you, Your Grace, for rescuing me from that vile man.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is a state-of-the-art vessel, Your Grace.’
    • ‘I am sorry, Your Grace, but I could never trust myself with that responsibility.’
    • ‘I am sorry, Your Grace, but perhaps I am misunderstanding something.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My father is William Seymour, brother to His Grace the Duke of Somerset.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Do honor or credit to (someone or something) by one's presence.

    ‘she bowed out from the sport she has graced for two decades’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She was fiddling with the oven when she noticed I had graced her with my presence.’
    • ‘He is perhaps one of the most honest and caring people to ever grace our screens.’
    • ‘They are without doubt one of the most entertaining live rock shows to ever grace the 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.’
    • ‘Flex congratulates Don, one of the nicest guys to ever grace the sport, on his successful surgery.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sampras refused to be drawn on the question of whether he was the greatest player 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.’
    • ‘Greaves, a goal-scorer of legendary prowess, is one of the greatest footballers ever to grace the English game.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Botham, 48, is widely considered to be one of the greatest all-rounders ever to grace the game.’
    • ‘And how does he intend to unseat one of the greatest champions that has ever graced these parts?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tonight is also boring, because Sky has not graced us with her presence.’
    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. 1.1 (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’
      • ‘Huge wooden beams in the bedroom and drawing room once graced an Aberdeen wool mill.’
      • ‘And he did so in some of the most powerful images ever to grace a billboard.’
      • ‘Huge oaks, cedars and wisteria grace the 1,300 acre stretch of rambling greens known as Deer Park.’
      • ‘Her images grace everything from linens and bedding to stationery products and floor coverings.’
      • ‘Some of his mural paintings grace the Synod Palace in Sofia and Varna Cathedral.’
      • ‘I am delighted to learn an image of the sculpture will grace the new twenty-dollar bill.’
      • ‘The work will also grace the cover of the 45,000 programs distributed all across the state.’
      • ‘What a contrast that would be from the spoiled, overpaid and selfish athletes who normally grace the covers of sports magazines.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His woodcarvings still grace the Hotel Marauw and Biak's House of Arts.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘One of his prints also graces the entire back cover of the current issue of ‘Harvest’ - the Diocesan quarterly magazine.’
      • ‘Neither one moved or spoke, but a soft smile graced both of their mouths as they held each other.’
      • ‘They would grace our otherwise cluttered shelves.’
      • ‘A special table will grace the Great Chamber of a historic house in York in memory of one of its volunteers.’
      • ‘The boy nodded, a crooked grin gracing his high, rosy cheekbones.’
      • ‘Before Hamm in January 1997, no woman had ever graced our cover.’
      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 favor (or disfavor)

      • ‘She guessed that it probably belonged to one of the slaves that were in the queen 's good graces.’
      • ‘It's been a long struggle since then, but I think I'm back in their good graces now.’
      • ‘Though the people that hung out with him really didn't like him, they preferred to be in his good graces than otherwise.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We introduced ourselves and he promised coffee around the halfway point of our night, and by then he was in my good graces.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Right now, Christians only need obey seven basic rules of morality to be in God's good graces.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Rule #21 talks about how to get back into the good graces of the group.’
      • ‘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?’
  • 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.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • the (three) graces

    • Three beautiful goddesses (Aglaia, Thalia, and Euphrosyne), daughters of Zeus. They were believed to personify and bestow charm, grace, and beauty.

      • ‘The figure of Hope, turned away from the viewer, is particularly reminiscent of antique and contemporary depictions of the Graces, which often have one figure facing the other two.’
      • ‘A portion of my research has been concerned with oblivion: the figure of Lethe, mother of the Graces.’
      • ‘From two superb Bouchers and a Ricci which was once with the Graces in the collection of Woburn Abbey, we move among portraits of the great Scottish patrons of the era.’
      • ‘King Citheron and the Graces wear Roman togas.’
      • ‘Mighty Zeus, the King, commanded the Graces, ‘Go to the goddess of the Earth to appease.’’
      • ‘The group's preoccupations - love, beauty, poetry - are indicated by the divinities most often invoked in Sappho: Aphrodite, the Graces, and the Muses.’
      • ‘Wit befriends Venus and the Graces, while Learning allies herself with Minerva and the Virtues.’
      • ‘David re-created this arrangement (but the author does not think it useful to mention it) when he showed Lesacre in 1807-8 and his last large painting, Mars Disarmed by Venus and the Graces, in 1824.’
      • ‘Taking up his brush at the age of 38 to paint Nature Adorned by the Graces, Rubens was out to make an impression, and he knew that he couldn't do it alone.’
  • with good (or bad) grace

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

      • ‘It was very hard fought, but always with good grace.’
      • ‘If one has apologised, one should accept it with good grace.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You take your tumbles with good grace and always come up smiling.’
      • ‘He accepted his failure with good grace and went back to the Senate.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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
      eagerly, promptly, quickly
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Origin

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

Pronunciation:

grace

/ɡrās/