• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Grace-stroke a finishing stroke, coup de grâce
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. gratia, favour—gratus, agreeable; Gr. charis, grace.


In literature:

Ak listened gravely to the recital of Claus, stroking his beard the while with the slow, graceful motion that betokened deep thought.
"The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus" by L. Frank Baum
The victim having once got his stroke-of-grace, the catastrophe can be considered as almost come.
"The French Revolution" by Thomas Carlyle
All the grace with which they move under the strokes of the paddle, in large waters, was gone.
"Little Rivers" by Henry van Dyke
Nature had endowed her with all those charms which cannot be expressed, and the graces had given the finishing stroke to them.
"The Memoirs of Count Grammont, Complete" by Anthony Hamilton
Then he turned his head away to receive the stroke of grace, which the next wave would administer.
"Mary Anerley" by R. D. Blackmore
The dowager impatiently waited an opportunity to effect, what she intended for a master-stroke of policy in the disposal of Grace.
"Precaution" by James Fenimore Cooper
At each stroke You grinned and twisted with a grace, and clung to yonder oak.
"Theocritus" by Theocritus
Let every gesture be a bolder but not less graceful brush-stroke.
"The Art Of The Moving Picture" by Vachel Lindsay
Sharp on the stroke of seven we drew the benches up to the table, and Mrs. Kercham, standing at one end and leaning over, said grace.
"Faces and Places" by Henry William Lucy
Beth looked up, and found that it was Aunt Grace Mary who was stroking her hair.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand

In poetry:

Ere God unsheaths his shining steel,
Before him with submission kneel;
For grace and favour him invoke,
Ere the destroyer gives the stroke.
"Another On The Same Occasion" by Rees Prichard
The earth stands trembling at thy stroke,
And at thy touch the mountains smoke;
Yet humble souls may see thy face,
And tell their wants to sovereign grace.
"Psalm 104" by Isaac Watts
"I oft ascend that lofty ridge with toil,
And hew large branches from the oaks;
Then of their leafy glory them I spoil,
And fagots form with vigorous strokes.
Returning tired, your matchless grace I see,
And my whole soul dissolves in ecstasy.
"The Rejoicings Of A Bridegroom" by Confucius

In news:

South Africa's Branden Grace moved closer to a second straight victory, taking a four-stroke lead after Friday's second round of the Volvo Golf Champions.