Act of grace

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Act of grace an expression often used to designate an act declaring pardon or amnesty to numerous offenders, as at the beginning of a new reign.
    • Act of grace See under Act.
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Usage

In literature:

You are to esteem it an act of grace if I allow the medical man to reply.
"The Nebuly Coat" by John Meade Falkner
I can still feel the grasp of Sorret's hand, as he led me beyond the bolts and bars, to read the act of royal grace.
"Captain Canot" by Brantz Mayer
He had a very lively appreciation of a graceful act, and he was really delighted with the picture.
"A Venetian June" by Anna Fuller
And then, in the midst of the hubbub, Power rose, "in act more graceful," and there was an immediate and general call for silence.
"St. Winifred's" by Frederic W. Farrar
Such acts of grace are all too rare in the frigid annals of British Parliaments.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
It was an act of kindness to do him service, and it was repaid also to each one of them, by the gift of grace.
"St. Bernard of Clairvaux's Life of St. Malachy of Armagh" by H. J. Lawlor
I am going to adopt your reading of the fifth act with the worst grace in the world.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
It is rapidly done, easily undone, and one of the most seamanlike acts, exhibiting grace as well as power.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
This is but one of many acts of grace and succour among its records.
"The Story of Paris" by Thomas Okey
Her looks and acts had the grace of a wild nature, which purrs, and kills, and purrs again.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
She was in the act of doing this gracefully, when the vision was abruptly ended by the entrance of her elder daughter.
"In Brief Authority" by F. Anstey
Only such a one could have performed that act of grace.
"The Belovéd Vagabond" by William J. Locke
This little act of graceful submission quite conquered Mr. Roscorla, and definitely removed all lingering traces of anger from his heart.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 15, No. 89, May, 1875" by Various
Every act of grace in Christ has been preceded by, and owes its power to, intercession.
"The Ministry of Intercession" by Andrew Murray
But Germany was willing to pay an indemnity for the loss of American lives, not as an admission of wrongdoing, but as an act of grace.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume IV (of 8)"
I felt that someone really ought to tell you what took place in the outer foyer after you sank gracefully out of the act.
"The Silent Barrier" by Louis Tracy
He laughed, and said I might do it, but that was no act of grace, I must demand something else.
"The Banished" by Wilhelm Hauff
THEATRICAL ACT OF GRACE.
"Punch - Volume 25 (Jul-Dec 1853)" by Various
Ernst still owed two years of military service, and his release could only be effected as an act of grace on the part of the government.
"Waldfried" by Berthold Auerbach
It was an extraordinary grace of permission and, even in the act of passing that gem of a volume over, the librarian hesitated.
"Sigurd Our Golden Collie and Other Comrades of the Road" by Katharine Lee Bates
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In poetry:

Acts of thy courage might occur
To grace heroic song;
But I thy gentle deeds prefer,
Thou strongest of the strong!
"The Elephant" by William Hayley
To every season its proper act of joy,
To every age its natural mode of grace,
Each vision its hour, each talent we employ
Its destined time and place.
"Ode On The Death Of Pius The Twelfth" by A D Hope
Let the pencil of truth inscribe on the face,
Let honor illumine the eye,
Let generous thoughts and acts ever grace
The face-page the world shall descry.
"An Open Book" by Jared Barhite
Not gold, nor acts of grace, 'tis steel must tame
The stubborn Scot; a prince that would reclaim
Rebels by yielding, doth like him, or worse,
Who saddled his own back to shame his horse.
"The Rebel Scot" by John Cleveland
“And oh!” she said, “that by some act of grace
’Twere mine to succour yon fierce-toiling race,
To give the hungry meat, the thirsty drink—
The thought of good is very sweet to think.”
"The Cloud" by Charles Harpur
Neither like one, whose filthy face,
Is white-wash'd with an Act of Grace.
The creditor is basely trick'd,
His hands are tied, his pocket pick'd.
Which is the worst, can it be said,
The white-washer or white-washed?
"The Jack Daw" by William Hutton

In news:

Seeing the world's most beautiful bodies perform acts of strength and grace distills the essence of summertime: recreation, freedom and the great outdoors.
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Beats Antique, Frank Ocean, Azealia Banks and First Aid Kit are a few of the acts with a strong sense of style.
Gary Oldman, a summa cum laude graduate of the Mickey Rourke School of Beauty and Bad Acting, pits his madness against Sean Penn's method in " State of Grace ," a wild Irish blood bath set in what's left of Hell's Kitchen.
Because of the Illinois Homeowner Protection Act, borrowers at risk of default have a 90-day grace period before lenders can initiate foreclosures .
Random Acts of Amazing Grace.
After three hours of opening acts, Peruvian-born, Harlem-based rapper Immortal Technique graced the stage at the Upstate Concert Hall on Friday.
In a pairing of hit-making rock acts, Three Days Grace and Shinedown are teaming up for a co-headlining US arena tour kicking off in February 2013.
Justification is an act of God's free grace wherein He pardons all our sins and accepts us as righteous in His sight, only for the righteousness of Christ imputed to us and received by faith alone.
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