• WordNet 3.6
    • v grace make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc. "Decorate the room for the party","beautify yourself for the special day"
    • v grace be beautiful to look at "Flowers adorned the tables everywhere"
    • n grace a disposition to kindness and compassion "the victor's grace in treating the vanquished"
    • n grace (Christian theology) the free and unmerited favor or beneficence of God "God's grace is manifested in the salvation of sinners","there but for the grace of God go I"
    • n grace a sense of propriety and consideration for others "a place where the company of others must be accepted with good grace"
    • n grace elegance and beauty of movement or expression "a beautiful figure which she used in subtle movements of unparalleled grace"
    • n grace a short prayer of thanks before a meal "their youngest son said grace"
    • n Grace (Greek mythology) one of three sisters who were the givers of beauty and charm; a favorite subject for sculptors
    • n grace (Christian theology) a state of sanctification by God; the state of one who is under such divine influence "the conception of grace developed alongside the conception of sin","it was debated whether saving grace could be obtained outside the membership of the church","the Virgin lived in a state of grace"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Drusus is stabbed, and expires gracefully Drusus is stabbed, and expires gracefully
The Henry Grace à Dieu. Pepysian Library, Cambridge The Henry Grace à Dieu. Pepysian Library, Cambridge
The Henry Grace à Dieu The Henry Grace à Dieu

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1943, Navy officer Grace Hopper had no choice but to fix a computer glitch manually. The source of the problem? A moth. Hence the term "computer bug."
    • Grace A petition for grace; a blessing asked, or thanks rendered, before or after a meal.
    • Grace A play designed to promote or display grace of motion. It consists in throwing a small hoop from one player to another, by means of two sticks in the hands of each. Called also grace hoop or hoops.
    • Grace (Eng. Universities) An act, vote, or decree of the government of the institution; a degree or privilege conferred by such vote or decree.
    • Grace Beauty, physical, intellectual, or moral; loveliness; commonly, easy elegance of manners; perfection of form. "Grace in women gains the affections sooner, and secures them longer, than any thing else.""I shall answer and thank you again For the gift and the grace of the gift."
    • Grace Fortune; luck; -- used commonly with hard or sorry when it means misfortune.
    • Grace (Myth) Graceful and beautiful females, sister goddesses, represented by ancient writers as the attendants sometimes of Apollo but oftener of Venus. They were commonly mentioned as three in number; namely, Aglaia, Euphrosyne, and Thalia, and were regarded as the inspirers of the qualities which give attractiveness to wisdom, love, and social intercourse. "The Graces love to weave the rose.""The Loves delighted, and the Graces played."
    • Grace Inherent excellence; any endowment or characteristic fitted to win favor or confer pleasure or benefit. "He is complete in feature and in mind.
      With all good grace to grace a gentleman."
      "I have formerly given the general character of Mr. Addison's style and manner as natural and unaffected, easy and polite, and full of those graces which a flowery imagination diffuses over writing."
    • Grace (Mus) Ornamental notes or short passages, either introduced by the performer, or indicated by the composer, in which case the notation signs are called grace notes appeggiaturas turns, etc.
    • Grace (Commonly pl) Thanks. "Yielding graces and thankings to their lord Melibeus."
    • Grace (Theol) The divine favor toward man; the mercy of God, as distinguished from His justice; also, any benefits His mercy imparts; divine love or pardon; a state of acceptance with God; enjoyment of the divine favor. "And if by grace , then is it no more of works.""My grace is sufficicnt for thee.""Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.""By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand."
    • Grace The exercise of love, kindness, mercy, favor; disposition to benefit or serve another; favor bestowed or privilege conferred. "To bow and sue for grace With suppliant knee."
    • Grace (Law) The prerogative of mercy execised by the executive, as pardon.
    • Grace (Law) The same prerogative when exercised in the form of equitable relief through chancery.
    • Grace The title of a duke, a duchess, or an archbishop, and formerly of the king of England. "How fares your Grace !"
    • Grace (Mus) To add grace notes, cadenzas, etc., to.
    • Grace To adorn; to decorate; to embellish and dignify. "Great Jove and Phoebus graced his noble line.""We are graced with wreaths of victory."
    • Grace To dignify or raise by an act of favor; to honor. "He might, at his pleasure, grace or disgrace whom he would
      in court."
    • Grace To supply with heavenly grace.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1945 a computer at Harvard malfunctioned and Grace Hopper, who was working on the computer, investigated, found a moth in one of the circuits and removed it. Ever since, when something goes wrong with a computer, it is said to have a bug in it.
    • n grace That element or quality of form, manner, movement, carriage, deportment, language, etc., which renders it pleasing or agreeable; elegance or beauty of form, outline, manner, motion, or act; pleasing harmony or appropriateness; that quality in a thing or an act which charms or delights: as, to move with easy grace.
    • n grace plural [capitalized] In classical mythology, the goddesses of the beauty, brightness, and joy in nature and humanity. The Graces are the Charites of the Greeks, variously described as daughters of Helios (the Sun) and Aigle (heavenly brightness), or of Zeus (Jupiter) and Eurynome (daughter of Ocean —the Aurora). They were also variously named, but their most familiar names are Aglaϊa(the brilliant), Euphrosyne(cheerfulness), and Thalia (the bloom of life). They had in their gift grace, loveliness, and favor, and were attendants in the train of Aphrodite.
    • n grace Amenity of disposition or manner; sweetness or amiability; graciousness; politeness; courtesy; civility: as, to yield with good grace.
    • n grace plural A kind of play or game designed to exhibit or develop easy gracefulness in motion. One player, by means of two sticks held one in each hand. throws a small hoop to another, who endeavors to catch it on two similar sticks, and then to throw it back in the same way.
    • n grace A pleasing and attractive quality or endowment; beauty; adornment; embellishment.
    • n grace In music, an embellishment, whether vocal or instrumental, not essential to the harmony or melody of a piece, such as an appoggiatura, a trill, a turn, etc. Such embellishments were much more common in music for the harpsichord and the viol than they are for modern instruments; their exact form and even the place of their introduction were often left in the eighteenth century to the taste of the performer.
    • n grace Favor; good will; friendship; favorable disposition to another; favorable regard: as, to be in one′ s good graces; to reign by the grace of God.
    • n grace An act of kindness or favor accorded to or bestowed on another; a good turn or service freely rendered.
    • n grace A faculty, license, or dispensation bestowed by legal authority, the granting of which rests in discretion or favor, and is not to be asked as of right; a privilege; also, in English law, a general and free pardon by act of Parliament. Also called act of grace.
    • n grace In Scrip, and theology: The free, unmerited love and favor of God: as, the doctrine of grace (that is, the doctrine that all things, including salvation, are received from God as a free gift, and not merited or earned by man).
    • n grace The enjoyment of the favor of God.
    • n grace Benefit, especially inward spiritual gifts, conferred by God through Christ Jesus; specifically, power or disposition to yield obedience to the divine laws, to practise the Christian virtues, and to bear trouble or affliction with patience and resignation: as, grace to perform a duty, or to bear up under an affliction.
    • n grace Virtue; power; efficacy.
    • n grace Share of favor allotted to one; lot; fortune; luck.
    • n grace Mercy; pardon.
    • n grace Indulgence; forbearance; allowance of time: as, three days′ grace for the payment of a note.
    • n grace In English universities, an act, vote, or decree of the government of the institution: as, a grace was approved by the Senate at Cambridge for founding a Chinese professorship.
    • n grace Thanks; thanksgiving.
    • n grace A formula of words expressing thanks and craving a blessing on or with a meal or refreshment; a short prayer before or after meals, in which a blessing is asked or thanks are rendered: as, to say grace; grace before meat.
    • n grace A title of honor formerly borne by the sovereigns of England, but now used only as a ceremonious title in speaking to or of a duke, a duchess, or an archbishop: as, his Grace the Duke of Wellington.
    • n grace The period.beyond the fixed day for payment allowed by law or custom for paying a note or bill of exchange. In Great Britain and the united States, at common law, three days are allowed; but if the last day of grace falls on Sunday, or any day on which business is not legally carried on, the bill or note is payable on the day preceding. Modern statutes have made some changes in these rules, particularly as regards legal holidays immediately preceding or following Sunday. Bankers′ checks are payable on demand without days of grace, and the same rule applies to bills or notes payable on demand.
    • grace To adorn; decorate; embellish and dignify; lend or add grace to.
    • grace To confer grace or favor upon; afford pleasure or gratification to.
    • grace To dignify or gratify by an act of favor; favor or honor (with something).
    • grace To supply with heavenly grace.
    • grace In music, to add grace-notes, cadenzas, etc., to: as, to grace a melody.
    • n grace A bow or courtesy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Monday's Child is fair of face, Tuesday's child is full of grace, Wednesday's child is full of woe, Thursday's child has far to go, Friday's child is loving and giving, Saturday's child has to work for its living, But a child that's born on the Sabbath Day, Is fair and wise and good and gay.
    • n Grace grās easy elegance in form or manner: what adorns and commends to favour: embellishment: favour: pardon: the undeserved mercy of God: divine influence: eternal life or salvation: a short prayer at meat: an act or decree of the governing body of an English university: a ceremonious title in addressing a duke or an archbishop: :
    • v.t Grace to mark with favour: to adorn
    • n Grace grās (pl.) favour, friendship (with good)
    • n Grace grās (myth.) the three sister goddesses in whom beauty was deified (the Greek Charites), Euphrosyne, Aglaia, Thalia
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  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “The mansion should not be graced by its master, the master should grace the mansion.”
  • William Hazlitt
    “Grace is the absence of everything that indicates pain or difficulty, hesitation or incongruity.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “Gracefulness is to the body what understanding is to the mind.”
  • French Proverb
    French Proverb
    “Without grace beauty is an unabated hook.”
  • Charles A. Stoddard
    Charles A. Stoddard
    “Grace is savage and must be savage in order to be perfect.”
  • Louis Nizer
    Louis Nizer
    “A graceful taunt is worth a thousand insults.”


Fall from grace - If a person falls from grace, they lose favor with someone.
Saving grace - If someone has some character defects, but has a characteristic that compensate for their failings and shortcomings, this is their saving grace.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. grâce, L. gratia, from gratus, beloved, dear, agreeable; perh. akin to Gr. to rejoice, cha`ris favor, grace, Skr. hary, to desire, and E. yearn. Cf. Grateful Gratis
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. gratia, favour—gratus, agreeable; Gr. charis, grace.


In literature:

There were others of the party behind, and my heart leaped at the sight of Grace.
"Lorimer of the Northwest" by Harold Bindloss
Grace for manhood following upon grace for youth!
"A Handful of Stars" by Frank W. Boreham
By Grace S. Richmond.
"Virginia of Elk Creek Valley" by Mary Ellen Chase
But the other kind of promises are promises of grace, and with them no threats are joined.
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
God's restraining grace is no less marvellous than His renewing grace.
"Robin Tremayne" by Emily Sarah Holt
I am your Aunt Grace Mary.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
But why, with the exception of Grace and Isabel, were her girls so deficient in outward graces?
"Not Like Other Girls" by Rosa N. Carey
That applauds and extols its works; this proclaims and magnifies the grace of God, and his glory.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus; and great grace was upon them all.
"The Ministry of Intercession" by Andrew Murray
Richard Duvall and his wife, Grace, lingered rather later than usual over their breakfast that morning.
"The Film of Fear" by Arnold Fredericks

In poetry:

See, he sitteth on his mat
Sitteth there upright,
With the grace with which he sat
While he saw the light.
"Nadowessian Death-Lament" by Friedrich von Schiller
We read the heav'nly word,
We take the offered grace,
Obey the statutes of the Lord,
And trust his promises.
"Hymn 120" by Isaac Watts
How holy is his name!
How terrible his praise!
Justice, and truth, and judgment join
In all his works of grace.
"Psalm 99 part 1" by Isaac Watts
I need the influence of thy grace
To speed me in thy way,
Lest I should loiter in my race,
Or turn my feet astray.
"Psalm 119 part 16" by Isaac Watts
Thy grace, O Lord, it is thyself;
Thy presence is thy light;
I cannot lay it on my shelf,
Or take it from thy sight.
"The Prism" by George MacDonald
But O! the wisdom and the grace
That join with vengeance now!
He dies to save our guilty race,
And yet he rises too.
"Hymn 83" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Helicopter pad at proposed Havre de Grace hospital draws concern.
Havre de Grace planning committee reviewed a city zoning ordinance Tuesday night that would allow Upper Chesapeake Health to build a new seven-story hospital and medical center in the city.
Chesapeake Energy's foes may be happy about the Oklahoma City oil and gas company's sudden fall from grace, but to Archie Dunham it was no laughing matter.
A couple of well-known voices to sports fans in this area will no longer be gracing the airwaves.
Grace Christian School has a close-knit group of graduates.
The kitty in this video begins with what could easily pass for a Cirque du Soleil audition, easing his way onto two parallel clotheslines with grace and precision.
Grace was originally charged with capital murder.
The RRR is more than pleased to announce the poppiest, awesomest show since we were graced with Calvin Johnson's presence.
MaxMara welcomed Nicola Maramotti of the brand to L.A. With a party in honor of Chloe Grace Moretz and the MaxMara Women in Film Face of the Future Award.
IT'S a typical week for the surgeons at Seattle Grace Hospital: a woman, complaining of chest pains, is rushed to the operating room.
He walked with grace, this son of mine.
One thing that I've never seemed to learn to do gracefully is to accept a compliment .
Chloe Grace Moretz looks like she's ready to kick more ass as the popular character Hit-Girl on set of 'Kick-Ass 2, filming in downtown Toronto on September 16, 2012.
Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette, a candy-colored portrait of France's infamous teen queen is a graceful, charming, and sometimes witty confection — at least for its first hour.
FIRST-PERSON: At this 'Mormon Moment,' convey truth & grace.

In science:

One of the planned experiments is to perform tests for a GRACE follow-on mission.
Suspension platform interferometer for the AEI 10\,m prototype: concept, design and optical layout
GRACE consists of two satellites, its goal is to map the Earth’s gravity field.
Suspension platform interferometer for the AEI 10\,m prototype: concept, design and optical layout
GRACE follow-on missions, it is planned to perform experiments within the AEI 10 m prototype where the suspended tables represent satellites.
Suspension platform interferometer for the AEI 10\,m prototype: concept, design and optical layout
Analysis, 57, 159–166. Leibniz, G.W. Principles of Nature and Grace, Philosophical Papers and Letters, Leroy Loemkev Edition, University of Chicago, 1956, Vol.
Why there is something rather than nothing: The finite, infinite and eternal
These covariants, aside from a numerical factor, are the same as the ones with the same names in [2, Grace and Young].
A Generic Polynomial for the Alternating Group $A_5$