grace Definition

  • 1simple elegance or refinement of movement
  • 2courteous goodwill
  • 3an attractively polite manner of behaving
  • 4the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings

Using grace: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "grace" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

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    She moved with grace and fluidity.

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    He said grace before the meal.

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    She accepted the award with grace and humility.

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    The dancer performed with grace and precision.

grace Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using grace

  • used to express gratitude for one's own good fortune, especially in comparison to the misfortune of others


    When he saw the homeless man on the street, he thought, 'There but for the grace of God go I.'

  • with (good) grace

    willingly and cheerfully


    She accepted the criticism with good grace and promised to improve.

  • to offer a prayer of thanks before a meal


    Before we eat, let's say grace.

Phrases with grace

  • to lose favor or respect


    After the scandal, the politician fell from grace and lost his position.

  • a period of time after a due date during which a payment can be made without penalty


    The credit card company offers a 10-day grace period for payments.

  • the ability to remain calm and composed during stressful situations


    The CEO showed grace under pressure during the company crisis.

Origins of grace

from Old French 'grace', meaning 'pleasing quality'


Summary: grace in Brief

The term 'grace' [ɡreɪs] refers to simple elegance or refinement of movement, courteous goodwill, and an attractively polite manner of behaving. It also has a religious connotation, referring to the free and unmerited favor of God. Phrases like 'fall from grace' and 'grace period' add to its versatility, while idioms like 'there but for the grace of God go I' and 'with good grace' show its range of meanings.

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