What Is Grace?

Here’s the definition in my go-to dictionary, Merriam-Webster:

grace

noun

\ ˈgrās  \

Definition of grace

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a: unmerited divine assistance given to humans for their regeneration or sanctification

b: a virtue coming from God

c: a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine assistance

2a: APPROVALFAVOR

stayed in his good graces

b archaic MERCYPARDON

c: a special favor PRIVILEGE

each in his place, by right, not grace, shall rule his heritage— Rudyard Kipling

d: disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemencye: a temporary exemption REPRIEVE

3a: a charming or attractive trait or characteristic

Among disagreeable qualities he possessed the saving grace of humor.

b: a pleasing appearance or effectCHARM

all the grace of youth— John Buchan

c: ease and suppleness (see SUPPLE entry 1 sense 2b) of movement or bearing

danced with such grace

4—used as a title of address or reference for a duke, a duchess, or an archbishop

5: a short prayer at a meal asking a blessing or giving thanks

6 Graces pluralthree sister goddesses in Greek mythology who are the givers of charm and beauty

7: a musical trill, turn, or appoggiatura

8a: sense of propriety or right

had the grace not to run for elective office— Calvin Trillin

b: the quality or state of being considerate or thoughtful

accepted his advice with grace

grace

verb gracedgracing

Definition of grace (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1: to confer dignity or honor on

The king graced him with the rank of a knight.

2: ADORNEMBELLISH

graveled walks graced with statues— J. A. Michener

Note:

Grace is both something you receive and something you give.

Grace is both physical and spiritual.

1 thought on “What Is Grace?

  1. Thank you for sending – love this kind of additional reference. MTS

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