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grace (grās) pronunciation
  1. Seemingly effortless beauty or charm of movement, form, or proportion.
  2. A characteristic or quality pleasing for its charm or refinement.
  3. A sense of fitness or propriety.
    1. A disposition to be generous or helpful; goodwill.
    2. Mercy; clemency.
  4. A favor rendered by one who need not do so; indulgence.
  5. A temporary immunity or exemption; a reprieve.
  6. Graces Greek & Roman Mythology. Three sister goddesses, known in Greek mythology as Aglaia, Euphrosyne, and Thalia, who dispense charm and beauty.
    1. Divine love and protection bestowed freely on people.
    2. The state of being protected or sanctified by the favor of God.
    3. An excellence or power granted by God.
  7. A short prayer of blessing or thanksgiving said before or after a meal.
  8. Grace Used with His, Her, or Your as a title and form of address for a duke, duchess, or archbishop.
  9. Music. An appoggiatura, trill, or other musical ornanment in the music of 16th and 17th century England.
tr.v., graced, grac·ing, grac·es.
  1. To honor or favor: You grace our table with your presence.
  2. To give beauty, elegance, or charm to.
  3. Music. To embellish with grace notes.

in the bad graces of

  1. Out of favor with.
in the good graces of
  1. In favor with.
with bad grace
  1. In a grudging manner.
with good grace
  1. In a willing manner.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin grātia, from grātus, pleasing.]



  1. Refined, effortless beauty of manner, form, and style: elegance, elegancy, polish, urbanity. See beautiful/ugly, style/good style/bad style.
  2. A sense of propriety or rightness: conscience, decency. See right/wrong.
  3. Kindly, charitable interest in others: altruism, beneficence, benevolence, benignancy, benignity, charitableness, charity, goodwill, kindheartedness, kindliness, kindness, philanthropy. See attitude/good attitude/bad attitude/neutral attitude, kind/cruel.
  4. Kind, forgiving, or compassionate treatment of or disposition toward others: charity, clemency, lenience, leniency, lenity, mercifulness, mercy. See forgiveness/vindictiveness.
  5. A kindly act: favor, good turn, indulgence, kindness, service. Archaic benefit. See help/harm/harmless.
  6. Temporary immunity from penalties: reprieve, respite. See continue/stop/pause.
  7. A short prayer said at meals: benediction, blessing, thanks, thanksgiving. See grateful/ungrateful, religion.


  1. To lend dignity or honor to by an act or favor: dignify, honor. See beautiful/ugly.
  2. To endow with beauty and elegance by way of a notable addition: adorn, beautify, embellish, enhance, set off. See beautiful/ugly.

grace, in Christian theology, the free favor of God toward humans, which is necessary for their salvation. A distinction is made between natural grace (e.g., the gift of life) and supernatural grace, by which God makes a person (born sinful because of original sin) capable of enjoying eternal life. In general, the term grace is restricted to supernatural grace, usually considered as the keystone of the whole Christian theological system.

Supernatural grace is usually defined as being actual or sanctifying. Actual grace turns the soul to God; sanctifying grace confirms and perpetuates the ends of this conversion and makes the soul habitually good. Most theologies (except in Calvinism), wishing to maintain humanity's freedom in addition to God's complete freedom in granting grace, distinguish prevenient grace, which frees a person and awakens him or her to God's call, from cooperating grace, by which God assists to salvation the free person who seeks it.

When God seems to confer on a person such actual grace that his or her conversion appears inevitable, the grace is said to be efficacious. The apparent difficulty of claiming that grace may be efficacious while a person is free was explained by St. Thomas Aquinas on the ground that it was a peculiar nature of this grace granted to some people that it should be ineluctable; it was this doctrine that Luis Molina and the Molinists disputed. Differing in effect from efficacious grace is merely sufficient grace, which, while sufficient to conversion, may be rejected by a person at will. Calvinism rejects merely sufficient grace, holding instead that grace is irresistible.

In every Christian theology God is considered to grant grace quite freely, since its gift is far greater than any person can merit. As to which persons are offered this grace, there is great difference. The generality hold that it is offered to people who place no obstacle in the way of salvation rather than to those who neglect what ways to grace they have been given; the Jansenists (see Jansen, Cornelis), however, believed that grace was not given outside the church, and the Calvinists hold that it is offered only to those predestined to election.

Sanctifying grace may be said to succeed justification as actual grace precedes it. The operation of sanctifying grace brings holiness to the individual soul. The indwelling of God in the soul and the soul's actual participation in God's nature (in an indefinable manner) are the perfections of sanctifying grace. As to the means, there is a serious cleavage in Christianity, notably in regard to sacramental grace. According to Roman Catholics and Orthodox, the grace accompanying a sacrament is ex opere operato, i.e., by God's ordinance the sacrament actually confers grace, the good disposition of the minister being unimportant and that of the recipient being not always a condition; Protestants hold that the sacraments are ex opere operantis, i.e., the faith of the recipient is all-important, and the sacrament is the sign, not the source of grace.

Certain Christian systems have developed quite different ideas of grace, and Pelagianism has its advocates in liberal 20th-century Protestantism. The great emphasis on grace is a distinction of Christianity. In recent years among orthodox theologians there has been a renewed interest in the theology of grace. Among traditional usages, they distinguish three forms of grace: God's communication of Himself to the Christian soul is grace; the favorable attitude of God toward the soul is grace; the ontological modification of Christian life by God's favor is grace.


  1. A special favor privilege (considered by many authorities to be a matter of grace and not of right - The Mentally Disabled and the Law)
    1. A temporary exemption
    2. The prerogative of mercy exercised (as by a chief executive) or granted in the form of equitable relief
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The noun grace has 6 meanings:

Meaning #1: (Christian theology) a state of sanctification by God; the state of one who under such divine influence
  Synonyms: saving grace, state of grace

Meaning #2: elegance and beauty of movement or expression
  Synonym: gracility

Meaning #3: a sense of propriety and consideration for others
  Synonym: seemliness

Meaning #4: a disposition to kindness and compassion; benign good will
  Synonyms: good will, goodwill

Meaning #5: a short prayer of thanks before a meal
  Synonyms: blessing, thanksgiving

Meaning #6: (Christian theology) the free and unmerited favor or beneficence of God
  Synonyms: grace of God, free grace

The verb grace has 2 meanings:

Meaning #1: make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.
  Synonyms: decorate, adorn, ornament, embellish, beautify

Meaning #2: be beautiful to look at
  Synonyms: deck, adorn, decorate, embellish, beautify

Translations for: Grace

Nederlands (Dutch)
gratie, fatsoen, genade, goedgunstigheid, deugd, versiering (muziek), tafelgebed, Excellentie, opluisteren, vereren

Français (French)
embellir, agrémenter, grâces, bonnes grâces, bienveillance, grâce, répit, élégance, miséricorde

Deutsch (German)
v. - etwas Glanz verleihen, zieren, beehren
n. - Wohlwollen, Huld, Gnade, Aufschub, Grazie, Anmut, Anstand, Tischgebet

Ελληνική (Greek)
v. τιμώ, κοσμώ, λαμπρύνω (με την παρουσία μου) n. χάρη, εύνοια, χατίρι, έλεος, θέλγητρο, ευπρέπεια, (επί τίτλων προσφώνησης) εξοχότητα, υψηλότητα, (θρησκ.) θεία χάρη, ευχαριστήρια προσευχή γεύματος

Italiano (Italian)
adornare, benedicite, favore, grazia, proroga, misericordia

Português (Portuguese)
v. - honrar, ornar
n. - graça (f), favor (m), perdão (m)

Русский (Russian)
грация, достоинство, благосклонность, милость, помилование, отсрочка, льгота, молитва (до и после еды), удостаивать, награждать, украшать

Español (Spanish)
n. - benevolencia, merced, perdón, plazo, demora, prórroga, gracia, elegancia, garbo, misericordia, favor
v. tr. - amenizar, dar brillo a, dar lustre a, adornar, honrar, favorecer

Svenska (Swedish)
v. - pryda, hedra, kolorera (mus.)
n. - behag, älskvärdhet, takt, ynnest, (tilltalande) drag, nåd (teol.), anstånd, bordsbön

中国话 (Simplified Chinese)
n. - 优雅, 慈悲, 风度
v. tr. - 使优美

中國話 (Traditional Chinese)
n. - 優雅, 慈悲, 風度
v. tr. - 使優美

日本語 (Japanese)
n. - 優雅さ, しとやかさ, 美点, 長所, 魅力, 上品な態度, 恵み, 好意, 親切, 愛顧, 恩恵, 猶予, 閣下, 感謝の祈り, 優美, 優雅, 上品, ひいき, 装飾音, 恩赦, 美徳, 特赦
v. - 優雅にする, 光彩を添える

العربيه (Arabic)
‏(فعل) يشرف (الاسم) نعمه إلهيه, فضل منه, جمال, حسن‏

עברית‬ (Hebrew)
n. - ‮חן, נועם, חסד, רצון טוב, ארכה, דחייה, ברכת המזון, חסדי אל, נדיבות, רכות, כישרון טבעי, אדיבות, מחילה, כל אחת משלוש האחיות, אלות החן במיתולוגיה היוונית‬
v. tr. - ‮קישט, הוסיף לוויית חן ל-, הוסיף כבוד ל-‬

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