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grace - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'grace' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Grace [ n.]
- The exercise of love, kindness, mercy, favor; disposition to benefit or serve another; favor bestowed or privilege conferred.
- The divine favor toward man; the mercy of God, as distinguished from His justice; also, any benefits His mercy imparts; divine love or pardon; a state of acceptance with God; enjoyment of the divine favor.
- The prerogative of mercy execised by the executive, as pardon.
- The same prerogative when exercised in the form of equitable relief through chancery.
- Fortune; luck; -- used commonly with hard or sorry when it means misfortune.
- Inherent excellence; any endowment or characteristic fitted to win favor or confer pleasure or benefit.
- Beauty, physical, intellectual, or moral; loveliness; commonly, easy elegance of manners; perfection of form.
- Graceful and beautiful females, sister goddesses, represented by ancient writers as the attendants sometimes of Apollo but oftener of Venus. They were commonly mentioned as three in number; namely, Aglaia, Euphrosyne, and Thalia, and were regarded as the inspirers of the qualities which give attractiveness to wisdom, love, and social intercourse.
- The title of a duke, a duchess, or an archbishop, and formerly of the king of England.
- Thanks.
- A petition for grace; a blessing asked, or thanks rendered, before or after a meal.
- Ornamental notes or short passages, either introduced by the performer, or indicated by the composer, in which case the notation signs are called grace notes, appeggiaturas, turns, etc.
- An act, vote, or decree of the government of the institution; a degree or privilege conferred by such vote or decree.
- A play designed to promote or display grace of motion. It consists in throwing a small hoop from one player to another, by means of two sticks in the hands of each. Called also grace hoop or hoops.
2 . Grace [ v. t.]
- To adorn; to decorate; to embellish and dignify.
- To dignify or raise by an act of favor; to honor.
- To supply with heavenly grace.
- To add grace notes, cadenzas, etc., to.

Meaning of 'grace' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . grace [ n]
Meaning (1):
- elegance and beauty of movement or expression
Example in sentence:
  • a beautiful figure which she used in subtle movements of unparalleled grace
Meaning (2):
- a sense of propriety and consideration for others
Example in sentence:
  • a place where the company of others must be accepted with good grace
Meaning (3):
- (Christian theology) the free and unmerited favor or beneficence of God
Example in sentence:
  • God's grace is manifested in the salvation of sinners;
  • there but for the grace of God go I
Meaning (4):
- (Christian theology) a state of sanctification by God; the state of one who is under such divine influence
Example in sentence:
  • it was debated whether saving grace could be obtained outside the membership of the church;
  • the conception of grace developed alongside the conception of sin;
  • the Virgin lived in a state of grace
Meaning (5):
- a period of time past the deadline for fulfilling an obligation during which a penalty that would be imposed for being late is waived, especially an extended period granted as a special favor
Example in sentence:
  • The payment had originally been due on April 1 but we had a grace period which expired in June.
Meaning (6):
- a disposition to kindness and compassion
Example in sentence:
  • the victor's grace in treating the vanquished
Meaning (7):
- a short prayer of thanks before a meal
Example in sentence:
  • their youngest son said grace
8 . grace [ v]
Meaning (8):
- make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.
Example in sentence:
  • beautify yourself for the special day;
  • Decorate the room for the party
Meaning (9):
- be beautiful to look at
Example in sentence:
  • Flowers adorned the tables everywhere