definition of grace by The Free Dictionary




1. Seemingly effortless beauty or charm of movement, form, or proportion.

2. A characteristic or quality pleasing for its charm or refinement.

3. A sense of fitness or propriety.


a. A disposition to be generous or helpful; goodwill.

b. Mercy; clemency.

5. A favor rendered by one who need not do so; indulgence.

6. A temporary immunity or exemption; a reprieve.

7. Graces Greek & Roman Mythology Three sister goddesses, known in Greek mythology as Aglaia, Euphrosyne, and Thalia, who dispense charm and beauty.

8. Christianity

a. Divine favor bestowed freely on people, as in granting redemption from sin.

b. The state of having received such favor.

c. An excellence or power granted by God.

9. A short prayer of blessing or thanksgiving said before or after a meal.

10. Grace Used with His, Her, or Your as a title and form of address for a duke, duchess, or archbishop.

11. Music An appoggiatura, trill, or other musical ornament in the music of 16th and 17th century England.

tr.v. graced, grac·ing, grac·es

1. To honor or favor: You grace our table with your presence.

2. To give beauty, elegance, or charm to.

3. Music To embellish with grace notes.


in the bad graces of

Out of favor with.

in the good graces of

In favor with.

with bad grace

In a grudging manner.

with good grace

In a willing manner.

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1. elegance and beauty of movement, form, expression, or proportion

2. a pleasing or charming quality

3. goodwill or favour

4. the granting of a favour or the manifestation of goodwill, esp by a superior

5. a sense of propriety and consideration for others

6. (plural)

a. affectation of manner (esp in the phrase airs and graces)

b. in someone’s good graces regarded favourably and with kindness by someone

7. mercy; clemency

8. (Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity

a. the free and unmerited favour of God shown towards man

b. the divine assistance and power given to man in spiritual rebirth and sanctification

c. the condition of being favoured or sanctified by God

d. an unmerited gift, favour, etc, granted by God

9. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a short prayer recited before or after a meal to invoke a blessing upon the food or give thanks for it

10. (Classical Music) music a melodic ornament or decoration

12. with bad grace with a bad grace unwillingly or grudgingly

13. with good grace with a good grace willingly or cheerfully


14. (tr) to add elegance and beauty to: flowers graced the room.

15. (tr) to honour or favour: to grace a party with one’s presence.

16. (Classical Music) to ornament or decorate (a melody, part, etc) with nonessential notes

[C12: from Old French, from Latin grātia, from grātus pleasing]




(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (preceded by: your, his, or her) a title used to address or refer to a duke, duchess, or archbishop




(Biography) W(illiam) G(ilbert). 1848–1915, English cricketer

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n., v. graced, grac•ing. n.

1. elegance or beauty of form, manner, motion, or action.

2. attractive ease and smoothness of movement.

3. a pleasing or attractive quality or endowment.

4. favor or goodwill.

5. a manifestation of favor, esp. by a superior.

6. mercy; clemency; pardon.

7. favor shown in granting a delay or temporary immunity.


a. the freely given, unmerited favor and love of God.

b. the influence or spirit of God operating in humans.

c. a virtue or excellence of divine origin.

d. the condition of being in God’s favor or one of the elect.

10. decency or propriety: to have the grace to feel ashamed.

11. a short prayer before or after a meal, in which a blessing is asked and thanks are given.

12. (cap.) a title used in addressing or mentioning a duke, duchess, or archbishop (usu. prec. by Your, His, etc.).

13. Graces, the ancient Greek and Roman goddesses of beauty and kindness, usu. represented as three in number.


14. to lend or add grace to; adorn: Many paintings graced the walls.

15. to favor or honor: to grace an occasion with one’s presence.


1. fall from grace,

a. to become a wrongdoer; sin.

b. to lose favor with those in power.

2. in someone’s good (or bad) graces, regarded with favor (or disfavor) by someone.

3. with bad grace, reluctantly; grudgingly.

4. with good grace, willingly; ungrudgingly.

[1125–75; Middle English < Old French < Latin grātia favor, kindness, esteem, derivative of grātus pleasing]

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