Definition of grace noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɡreɪs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡreɪs//
    Position and movement, Attractiveness, Types of belief
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    of movement
  1. 1[uncountable] an attractive quality of movement that is smooth, elegant and controlled She moves with the natural grace of a ballerina. See related entries: Position and movement, Attractiveness
  2. behaviour
  3. 2[uncountable] a quality of behaviour that is polite and pleasant and deserves respect He conducted himself with grace and dignity throughout the trial.
  4. 3graces [plural] (especially British English) ways of behaving that people think are polite and acceptable He was not particularly well versed in the social graces.
  5. extra time
  6. 4[uncountable] extra time that is given to somebody to enable them to pay a bill, finish a piece of work, etc. They've given me a month's grace to get the money.
  7. of God
  8. 5[uncountable] the kindness that God shows towards the human race the power of divine grace It was only by the grace of God that they survived. CollocationsReligionBeing religious believe in God/​Christ/​Allah/​free will/​predestination/​heaven and hell/​an afterlife/​reincarnation be/​become a believer/​an atheist/​an agnostic/​a Christian/​Muslim/​Hindu/​Buddhist, etc. convert to/​practise/ (especially US English) practice a religion/​Buddhism/​Catholicism/​Christianity/​Islam/​Judaism, etc. go to church/(North American English) temple (= the synagogue) go to the local church/​mosque/​synagogue/​gurdwara belong to a church/​a religious community join/​enter the church/​a convent/​a monastery/​a religious sect/​the clergy/​the priesthood praise/​worship/​obey/​serve/​glorify GodCelebrations and ritual attend/​hold/​conduct/​lead a service perform a ceremony/​a rite/​a ritual/​a baptism/​the Hajj/​a mitzvah carry out/​perform a sacred/​burial/​funeral/​fertility/​purification rite go on/​make a pilgrimage celebrate Christmas/​Easter/​Eid/​Ramadan/​Hanukkah/​Passover/​Diwali observe/​break the Sabbath/​a fast/​Ramadan deliver/​preach/​hear a sermon lead/​address the congregation say/​recite a prayer/​blessingReligious texts and ideas preach/​proclaim/​spread the word of God/​the Gospel/​the message of Islam study/​follow the dharma/​the teachings of Buddha read/​study/​understand/​interpret scripture/​the Bible/​the Koran/​the gospel/​the Torah be based on/​derive from divine revelation commit/​consider something heresy/​sacrilegeReligious belief and experience seek/​find/​gain enlightenment/​wisdom strengthen/​lose your faith keep/​practise/​practice/​abandon the faith save/​purify/​lose your soul obey/​follow/​keep/​break/​violate a commandment/​Islamic law/​Jewish law be/​accept/​do God’s will receive/​experience divine grace achieve/​attain enlightenment/​salvation/​nirvana undergo a conversion/​rebirth/​reincarnation hear/​answer a prayer commit/​confess/​forgive a sin do/​perform penance See related entries: Types of belief
  9. prayer
  10. 6[uncountable, countable] a short prayer that is usually said before a meal to thank God for the food Let's say grace.
  11. title
  12. 7 His/Her/Your Grace [countable] used as a title of respect when talking to or about an archbishop, a duke or a duchess Good Morning, Your Grace. Their Graces the Duke and Duchess of Kent.
  13. see also coup de grâce, saving grace
    Word OriginMiddle English: via Old French from Latin gratia, from gratus ‘pleasing, thankful’; related to grateful.Extra examples The mantra bestows Siva’s grace upon the devotee. a debut album of uncommon grace and beauty the power of divine grace operating in their souls She didn’t even have the grace to look embarrassed. We will simply have to accept the situation with a good grace.Idioms (British English, disapproving) a way of behaving that shows that somebody thinks that they are more important, etc. than they really are synonym air Even when he became a star he didn’t have any airs and graces.
    be in somebody’s good graces
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    (formal) to have somebody’s approval and be liked by them
    to lose the trust or respect that people have for you, especially by doing something wrong or immoral
    somebody’s fall from grace
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    a situation in which somebody loses the trust or respect that people have for them, especially because of something wrong or immoral that they have done The biography explains the circumstances surrounding her fall from grace.
    have the (good) grace to do something
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    to be polite enough to do something, especially when you have done something wrong He didn't even have the grace to look embarrassed.
    (in the Roman Catholic Church) having been forgiven by God for the wrong or evil things you have done He died in a state of grace.
    there but for the grace of God (go I)
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    (saying) used to say that you could easily have been in the same difficult or unpleasant situation that somebody else is in
    in an unwilling and/or rude way He handed over the money with typical bad grace. in a willing and pleasant way You must learn to accept defeat with good grace.
    year of grace, year of our Lord
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    (formal) any particular year after the birth of Christ
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: grace