Adjective "grace" definition and examples

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Pronunciation

/ɡreɪs/

Definitions and examples

noun

Smoothness and elegance of movement.
  1. 'Thirty years of relentless training and performance have given him total grace and fluidity of movement.'
  2. 'It wasn't exactly a movement of grace but I really didn't care.'
  3. 'Sweat was dripping down our faces by this time, but we had to keep our smiles planted on our face and an ease and grace in our movements.'
  4. 'Her mother, Bo, was a beauty pageant winner in Korea, and as you watch her daughter on the course you have a sense that she has inherited some of the same elegance and grace.'
  5. 'In plain leotards six dancers brought the discordant music and bare stage to life with their precise, agile movement and amazing grace on a centre stage trapeze.'
  6. 'Two ladies strolled out, walking with perfect elegance and grace.'
  7. 'Ultimate grace and effortless precision combine into a vision of someone floating on a cloud.'
  8. 'Because of the lightness and grace of the movements, the martial art is cunningly disguised as dance.'
  9. 'The battlecruisers' movements lost their grace, and they fired with far less precision.'
  10. 'Even against such odds, she had not given up; she fought without skill or training, but her movements spoke of grace and control.'
Courteous good will.
  1. 'He handles it all with politeness and good grace.'
  2. 'All the guests were models of decorum, grace and manners and I didn't know if I would get used to such good behaviour.'
  3. 'Your grace and diplomacy take you to high places and to important people.'
  4. 'At least he has the good grace to admit that the professional relationship he has with his deputy is different these days.'
  5. 'When he visited us in Delhi, I was immediately charmed by his grace, civility and intellectual sensitivity.'
  6. 'And they are familiar with every principal difference between UK and US culture and deal with them with grace and good humour.'
  7. 'And he didn't even have the good grace to admit being caught out.'
  8. 'Everyone in New York was so proud of the politeness, grace and conduct of their visitors who have made countless friends throughout the US.'
  9. 'They've tolerated our haphazard approach to marriage with grace and humour.'
  10. 'They were the picture of decency, commitment, and stability, of grace, strength, and integrity.'
  11. 'she has all the social graces'
  12. 'High-minded citizens petitioned Congress to vote in a new era of enlightened laws to cultivate the social graces.'
  13. 'In many tribal cultures, the social graces, being polite, showing respect and personal interactions are more important than being on time.'
  14. 'It's not everyday someone just offers you food, so good graces and manners were what he needed at this moment in time.'
  15. 'There is a stereotyped image of the virus writer: male, in his teens or early twenties, technically talented but lacking in all the social graces.'
  16. 'Campus interviewers often rush through résumés, looking more for future graduates with potential, which may or may not amount to social graces.'
  17. 'My tutor hadn't explained the social graces: how, to some extent at least, all players around the table often want the same outcome for the dice and build up some camaraderie.'
  18. 'For all her military ambitions, Dana was well trained in the social graces, and could waltz as well as she could fight.'
  19. 'From an early age, children are trained in etiquette and the social graces.'
(in Christian belief) the free and unmerited favour of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.
  1. 'Even at our best, we are pretty ambiguous characters, and it is only by God's grace in Christ that we have hope of salvation.'
  2. 'Not only does God give us wisdom and His grace, we are blessed with His qualities, which is to be Christ-like.'
  3. 'In a general sense this miracle speaks to us about the dawn of the gospel of grace through Jesus Christ.'
  4. 'It is faith in Jesus Christ, whose righteousness has been imputed to us by the free grace of God.'
  5. 'Our main message is salvation through grace alone, by faith alone, through Christ alone.'
  6. 'The book approached the issue of salvation, God's grace, and human free will from a Calvinist perspective.'
  7. 'He is worthy of worship and calls sinners saved by grace to this great endeavour.'
  8. 'How can people appreciate the wonder of grace, forgiveness and salvation if they have not first learnt about God's holiness and the gravity of sin?'
  9. 'We all know that Paul's letters emphasise salvation by grace through faith.'
  10. 'If rejection is our dilemma, grace is our salvation.'
  11. 'A fair number of the devotees we spoke to believed that this is the most auspicious moment of the festival and everyone who is present and sees the flat being hoisted, receives special blessings and graces from the Holy Mother.'
  12. 'Peace grows when the graces of God and the blessings of Earth are not considered possessions to be protected but divine gifts intended for all.'
  13. 'The seven deadly sins and their antitheses, the four cardinal virtues and three heavenly graces, provide the book's organising principle.'
  14. 'Perseverance is an unmerited gift of grace, just as is also the initial turning of the will to God in faith and penitence.'
  15. 'By God's great grace, his prayers for my salvation have now been answered.'
  16. 'In our day and age, we have to be thankful for small graces.'
  17. 'A fall from grace does not take much: a drunken tumble, a night out with the wrong man, an inadvertent outburst, a struggle with dependency.'
  18. 'But it suffered a spectacular fall from grace when about £2bn of its funds ran into severe trouble as equity markets plunged.'
  19. 'Just when Bangalore's lakes are heading towards a fall from grace, lake wardens are all set to rejuvenate them.'
  20. 'He had two Oscar nominations, before falling from grace and into an ugly drug habit.'
  21. 'Chris, then, has fallen from grace and is living in a kind of purgatory, respected but terribly alone, knowing he can never be forgiven because the person he wronged is dead.'
  22. 'Spending his final years a man in exile, Ray lived a life where drugs and alcohol caused his fall from grace.'
  23. 'It's been an abrupt fall from grace for the author.'
  24. 'They themselves have fallen from grace in recent years, with the exploits of their junior footballers taking most, if not all, of the limelight away from the hurlers.'
  25. 'The genre's current fall from grace stems from the fact that it is dominated by the same DJs now as it was in 1988.'
A period officially allowed for payment of a sum due or for compliance with a law or condition, especially an extended period granted as a special favour.
  1. as modifier 'a two-month grace period'
  2. 'Just before you know you may miss a payment, ask for a cure, which is a 30-day grace from your mortgage payment.'
  3. 'The loan should be repaid within 10 years and has a 5-year grace period and preferential interest.'
  4. 'Subjects were allowed a period of grace, 20% of the period covered by the previous prescription, to obtain another prescription of the drug.'
  5. 'However the local policy of 3 months grace is not a rule of law, and the overall conduct needs to be looked at.'
  6. 'If the patient cannot pay immediately, a period of grace is allowed, but he maintained that this is not the norm.'
  7. 'Its purpose was to give borrowers a period of grace before repayments of principal become due.'
  8. 'If they are initially below 30 per cent, but then rise to above 35 per cent, the period of grace shall be limited to one year.'
  9. 'Of course, it is upon this 12-month grace period that Oakley wish to rely.'
  10. 'Quick work was necessary to allow adequate time for the implementation of the legislation within the year's grace allowed by the court, he said.'
  11. 'Late fees now average $29, and most cards have reduced the late payment grace period from 14 days to zero days.'
A short prayer of thanks said before or after a meal.
  1. 'She ensured that they said their nightly prayers and grace before meals.'
  2. 'Daddy wasn't religious - none of us were - but he had always said grace before meals, ever since I could remember.'
  3. 'Every time you eat (whether it's a snack or a seven-course meal), say grace.'
  4. 'Twain joined Livy at prayers and grace before meals.'
  5. 'They don't leave their rooms until everything is tidy and say grace before every meal.'
  6. 'The boys eat dinner together with each set of grandparents, say grace before meals, and read or share stories at night.'
Used as forms of description or address for a duke, duchess, or archbishop.
  1. 'Before she could change her mind, he said quickly to the Cardinal, ‘Thank you for the lesson, Your Grace,’ and turned and ran from the courtyard.'
  2. 'The Archbishop of York, His Grace Dr David Hope, enthusiastically gave the idea his support and preparations began.'
  3. 'Father replied that he had once made the acquaintance of the Duke of Covington and he would write to His Grace and see if he could help me secure a good position.'
  4. 'Again, thank you, Your Grace, for rescuing me from that vile man.'
  5. 'Back on the waterfront, the most senior man among Reservists, Major General His Grace the Duke of Westminster, paid a visit to the Royal Naval and Royal Marines Reservists at the Royal Naval HQ Merseyside in Liverpool.'
  6. 'Last week, His Grace, Archbishop Clifford has given his blessing to the plans and sent his adviser on church buildings, to inspect our parish properties.'
  7. 'This is a state-of-the-art vessel, Your Grace.'
  8. 'Interestingly, the Archbishop of Canterbury has so far declined to comment but spokesmen say, somewhat unenthusiastically, that His Grace could ‘see the value’ in inviting them.'
  9. '‘It is a pleasure, Your Grace,’ she said, and bowed with a certain level of strength and humility, which overshadowed Elizabeth's own nature.'
  10. 'He was plotting to overthrow the counsel, and even yourself, Your Grace.'
(in Greek mythology) three beautiful goddesses (Aglaia, Thalia, and Euphrosyne) believed to personify and bestow charm, grace, and beauty.

    verb

    Bring honour or credit to (someone or something) by one's attendance or participation.
    1. ironic 'she had deigned to grace the city of New York with her presence'
    2. 'He was selected on the team of Centenary announced five years ago and is regarded as one of the finest footballers ever to grace the Gaelic fields.'
    3. 'However, I'm pretty sure that his biggest claim to fame is that of being one of the best live performers ever to grace a concert hall or stadium.'
    4. 'And how does he intend to unseat one of the greatest champions that has ever graced these parts?'
    5. 'It is fitting that the second half of the top ten best performances of 2003 should include one of the finest Sligo bands ever to grace a stage.'
    6. 'Botham, 48, is widely considered to be one of the greatest all-rounders ever to grace the game.'
    7. 'It was great because we got to stay next door to my in-laws, and my mom, probably one of the best cooks ever to grace this planet, lived around the corner.'
    8. 'They are without doubt one of the most entertaining live rock shows to ever grace the stage.'
    9. 'For those of you who have never heard of the man, he was one of the wittiest, cleverest and funniest comedians that ever graced this earth.'
    10. 'She was fiddling with the oven when she noticed I had graced her with my presence.'
    11. 'Sampras refused to be drawn on the question of whether he was the greatest player ever to grace the game.'
    12. 'They would grace our otherwise cluttered shelves.'
    13. 'One of his prints also graces the entire back cover of the current issue of ‘Harvest’ - the Diocesan quarterly magazine.'
    14. 'Jason's sister pulled him into a tight hug, that radiant smile still gracing her lips.'
    15. 'Her images grace everything from linens and bedding to stationery products and floor coverings.'
    16. 'The work will also grace the cover of the 45,000 programs distributed all across the state.'
    17. 'With small blond curls gracing his head and bright blue eyes, Jake was the object of Nell's affections.'
    18. 'And he did so in some of the most powerful images ever to grace a billboard.'
    19. 'Before Hamm in January 1997, no woman had ever graced our cover.'
    20. 'A special table will grace the Great Chamber of a historic house in York in memory of one of its volunteers.'
    21. 'Some of his mural paintings grace the Synod Palace in Sofia and Varna Cathedral.'

    More definitions

    noun

    1. elegance or beauty of form, manner, motion, or action: We watched her skate with effortless grace across the ice.

    Synonyms: attractiveness, charm, gracefulness, comeliness, ease, lissomeness, fluidity.

    Antonyms: stiffness, ugliness, awkwardness, clumsiness; klutziness.

    2. a pleasing or attractive quality or endowment: He lacked the manly graces.

    3. favor or goodwill.Synonyms: kindness, kindliness, love, benignity; condescension.

    4. a manifestation of favor, especially by

    Origin

    Middle English: via Old French from Latin gratia, from gratus ‘pleasing, thankful’; related to grateful.

    Phrase

    be in someone's good (or bad) graces
    fall from grace
    there but for the grace of God (go I)
    with good (or bad) grace