grace: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (grās), [key]
— n., v., graced, grac•ing.
  1. elegance or beauty of form, manner, motion, or action.
  2. a pleasing or attractive quality or endowment.
  3. favor or good will.
  4. a manifestation of favor, esp. by a superior: It was only through the dean's grace that I wasn't expelled from school.
  5. mercy; clemency; pardon: an act of grace.
  6. favor shown in granting a delay or temporary immunity.
  7. an allowance of time after a debt or bill has become payable granted to the debtor before suit can be brought against him or her or a penalty applied:Cf. grace period. The life insurance premium is due today, but we have 31 days' grace before the policy lapses.
  8. the Christian graces.
    1. the freely given, unmerited favor and love of God.
    2. the influence or spirit of God operating in humans to regenerate or strengthen them.
    3. a virtue or excellence of divine origin:the Christian graces.
    4. Also calledstate of grace.the condition of being in God's favor or one of the elect.
  9. moral strength: the grace to perform a duty.
  10. a short prayer before or after a meal, in which a blessing is asked and thanks are given.
  11. (usually cap.) a formal title used in addressing or mentioning a duke, duchess, or archbishop, and formerly also a sovereign (usually prec. by your, his, etc.).
  12. the goddesses of beauty, daughters of Zeus and Eurynome, worshiped in Greece as the Charities and in Rome as the Gratiae.
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  14. He fell from grace when the boss found out he had lied.
    1. relapse into sin or disfavor.
    2. to lose favor; be discredited:He fell from grace when the boss found out he had lied.
  15. to be so kind as to: Would you have the grace to help, please?
  16. (or)regarded with favor (or disfavor) by someone: It is a wonder that I have managed to stay in her good graces this long.
  17. reluctantly; grudgingly: He apologized, but did so with bad grace.
  18. willingly; ungrudgingly: She took on the extra work with good grace.
  1. to lend or add grace to; adorn: Many fine paintings graced the rooms of the house.
  2. to favor or honor: to grace an occasion with one's presence.


Pronunciation: (grās), [key]
— n.
  1. 1832–1904, U.S. financier and shipping magnate, born in Ireland: mayor of New York City 1880–88.
  2. a female given name.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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