What does grace mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. grace, saving grace, state of grace(noun)

    (Christian theology) a state of sanctification by God; the state of one who is under such divine influence

    "the conception of grace developed alongside the conception of sin"; "it was debated whether saving grace could be obtained outside the membership of the church"; "the Virgin lived in a state of grace"

  2. grace, gracility(noun)

    elegance and beauty of movement or expression

    "a beautiful figure which she used in subtle movements of unparalleled grace"

  3. seemliness, grace(noun)

    a sense of propriety and consideration for others

    "a place where the company of others must be accepted with good grace"

  4. grace, good will, goodwill(noun)

    a disposition to kindness and compassion

    "the victor's grace in treating the vanquished"

  5. Grace(noun)

    (Greek mythology) one of three sisters who were the givers of beauty and charm; a favorite subject for sculptors

  6. grace, blessing, thanksgiving(noun)

    a short prayer of thanks before a meal

    "their youngest son said grace"

  7. grace, grace of God, free grace(verb)

    (Christian theology) the free and unmerited favor or beneficence of God

    "God's grace is manifested in the salvation of sinners"; "there but for the grace of God go I"

  8. decorate, adorn, grace, ornament, embellish, beautify(verb)

    make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.

    "Decorate the room for the party"; "beautify yourself for the special day"

  9. deck, adorn, decorate, grace, embellish, beautify(verb)

    be beautiful to look at

    "Flowers adorned the tables everywhere"


  1. grace(Noun)

    Elegant movement; poise or balance.

  2. grace(Noun)

    Free and undeserved favour, especially of God. Unmerited divine assistance given to humans for their regeneration or sanctification.

  3. grace(Noun)

    Divine assistance in resisting sin.

  4. grace(Noun)

    Short prayer of thanks before or after a meal.

  5. grace(Noun)

    An allowance of time granted for a debtor during which he is free of at least part of his normal obligations towards the creditor.

    The repayment of the loan starts after a three years' grace (period).

  6. grace(Verb)

    To alight, to favour, to please.

    He graced the room with his presence.

  7. Grace(ProperNoun)


  8. Origin: From the noun grace, first used by Puritans in the 16th century. In Roman Catholic use it may refer to Our Lady of Graces, cognate with Italian Grazia.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Grace(noun)

    the exercise of love, kindness, mercy, favor; disposition to benefit or serve another; favor bestowed or privilege conferred

  2. Grace(noun)

    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

  3. Grace(noun)

    the prerogative of mercy execised by the executive, as pardon

  4. Grace(noun)

    the same prerogative when exercised in the form of equitable relief through chancery

  5. Grace(noun)

    fortune; luck; -- used commonly with hard or sorry when it means misfortune

  6. Grace(noun)

    inherent excellence; any endowment or characteristic fitted to win favor or confer pleasure or benefit

  7. Grace(noun)

    beauty, physical, intellectual, or moral; loveliness; commonly, easy elegance of manners; perfection of form

  8. Grace(noun)

    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

  9. Grace(noun)

    the title of a duke, a duchess, or an archbishop, and formerly of the king of England

  10. Grace(noun)


  11. Grace(noun)

    a petition for grace; a blessing asked, or thanks rendered, before or after a meal

  12. Grace(noun)

    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

  13. Grace(noun)

    an act, vote, or decree of the government of the institution; a degree or privilege conferred by such vote or decree

  14. Grace(noun)

    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

  15. Grace(verb)

    to adorn; to decorate; to embellish and dignify

  16. Grace(verb)

    to dignify or raise by an act of favor; to honor

  17. Grace(verb)

    to supply with heavenly grace

  18. Grace(verb)

    to add grace notes, cadenzas, etc., to


  1. Grace

    Grace is the only complete studio album by Jeff Buckley, released on August 23, 1994. While the album initially had poor sales, peaking at No. 149 in the U.S., and received mixed reviews, it gradually acquired critical and popular acclaim and has now sold over 2 million copies worldwide. An extended version of the album celebrating its tenth anniversary was released on August 23, 2004, and it peaked at No. 44 in the UK. Grace re-entered the albums chart in Australia at number 44 for the week of January 29 to February 5, 2007 – 13 years after its original release date. It is currently certified 6x Platinum in Australia.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Grace

    grās, n. easy elegance in form or manner: what adorns and commends to favour: embellishment: favour: pardon: the undeserved mercy of God: divine influence: eternal life or salvation: a short prayer at meat: an act or decree of the governing body of an English university: a ceremonious title in addressing a duke or an archbishop: (pl.) favour, friendship (with good): (myth.) the three sister goddesses in whom beauty was deified (the Greek Charites), Euphrosyne, Aglaia, Thalia.—v.t. to mark with favour: to adorn.—n. Grace′-cup, a cup or health drunk at the last of the feast.—adjs. Graced (Shak.), virtuous, chaste; Grace′ful, elegant and easy: marked by propriety or fitness, becoming.—adv. Grace′fully.—n. Grace′fulness.—adjs. Grace′less, wanting grace or excellence: depraved: wicked.—adv. Grace′lessly.—n. Grace′lessness.—ns. Grace′-note (mus.), a note introduced as an embellishment, not being essential to the harmony or melody; Grace′-stroke, a finishing stroke, coup de grâce; Graciō′so, a clown in Spanish comedy, a favourite.—adj. Grā′cious, abounding in grace or kindness: benevolent: proceeding from divine favour: acceptable.—adv. Grā′ciously.—ns. Grā′ciousness, state or quality of being gracious, affability; Grācious′ity, the same, but usually in a bad sense, as implying duplicity.—Days of grace, three days allowed for the payment of a note or bill of exchange, after being due according to its date; Fall from grace, to backslide, to lapse from the state of grace and salvation—an impossibility according to Calvinists.—Good gracious, an exclamation of surprise.—In the good graces of, in the friendship of; Saving grace, divine grace so bestowed as to lead to salvation; Take heart of grace, to take courage from favour shown. [Fr.,—L. gratia, favour—gratus, agreeable; Gr. charis, grace.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Grace

    the term in Scripture for that which is the free gift of God, unmerited by man and of eternal benefit to him.

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'grace' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4632

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'grace' in Nouns Frequency: #2174

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of grace in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of grace in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of grace in a Sentence

  1. Ernest Hemingway:

    Grace under Pressure.

  2. Lijana Wallenda:

    Only by the grace of God.

  3. Ernest Hemingway:

    Courage is grace under pressure.

  4. John Bradford:

    There but for the grace of God go I.

  5. John Bradford, Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins:

    There but for the grace of God go [I].

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  • نعمةArabic
  • milostCzech
  • nådeDanish
  • Gnade, Aufschub, schmücken, Gunst, Tischgebet, Fristverlängerung, Anmut, Grazie, zieren, Huld, ZahlungsfristGerman
  • amenuveveEwe
  • παραχώρηση, χάρη, κοσμώ, παράταση, περίοδος χάριτοςGreek
  • gracoEsperanto
  • merced, gracias, graciaSpanish
  • منت, فPersian
  • ylväys, armo, ruokarukous, komistaa, juhlistaa, sulous, vapaajaksoFinnish
  • grâce, miséricorde, bénédicité, grâcesFrench
  • कृपाHindi
  • báj, kegyelemHungarian
  • նազանք, ողորմածություն, շնորհArmenian
  • rahmatIndonesian
  • eleganza, grazia, benevolenza, adornare, abbellire, ringraziamento, rendere grazie, dilazione, garbo, leggiadria, preghiera, benedicite, decorare, imbellettare, tolleranzaItalian
  • חסדHebrew
  • 加護, 恩恵, {{l, 祈り, 支払猶予期間, 雅やか, 優雅, グレースJapanese
  • លីឡ្នា, សីលKhmer
  • ಗ್ರೇಸ್Kannada
  • 은혜Korean
  • gratiaLatin
  • благонаклоност, краси, милост, грејс периодMacedonian
  • nådeNorwegian
  • gratie, elegantie, genade, uitstel van betalingDutch
  • bordbønn, betalingsutsettelse, nådeNorwegian
  • łaska, dziękczynienie, wdzięk, gracjaPolish
  • graçaPortuguese
  • grație, eleganță, împodobi, har, onora, rugăciune de mulțumire, termen de grațieRomanian
  • милосердие, почтить, благодать, грация, милость, молитва, благоволение, отсрочка, благосклонность, передышка, изящество, ГрейсRussian
  • bordsbön, nådSwedish
  • neemaSwahili
  • கருணைTamil
  • దయTelugu
  • ความสง่างามThai
  • görgü, incelik, lutuf, merhamet, zarâfet, şükran duâsı, ertelenme süresiTurkish
  • БлагодатьUkrainian
  • فUrdu
  • ân sủngVietnamese
  • graceYiddish
  • Chinese

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