Definition of with good (or bad) grace in US English:

with good (or bad) grace


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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If one has apologised, one should accept it with good grace.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was very hard fought, but always with good grace.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By accepting the residents' concerns and the council's decision with good grace, they would have emerged with a few more friends.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And residents and community leaders are now calling for developers to accept the decision with good grace and abandon the entire scheme.’
    willingly, without hesitation, unhesitatingly, gladly, happily, cheerfully, with pleasure, without reluctance, ungrudgingly, voluntarily
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