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

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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And residents and community leaders are now calling for developers to accept the decision with good grace and abandon the entire scheme.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If one has apologised, one should accept it 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You take your tumbles with good grace and always come up smiling.’
    willingly, without hesitation, unhesitatingly, gladly, happily, cheerfully, with pleasure, without reluctance, ungrudgingly, voluntarily
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