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1 grace /ˈgreɪs/ noun
plural graces
1 grace
plural graces
Learner's definition of GRACE
[noncount] : a way of moving that is smooth and attractive and that is not stiff or awkward(动作的)优美,优雅
[noncount] : a controlled, polite, and pleasant way of behaving(行为的)文雅,高雅
◊ People say you have the (good) grace to do something when they approve of what you do and consider it to be polite and proper.有风度;有雅量;通情达理
graces [plural] : skills that are needed for behaving in a polite way in social situations交际手腕;社交风度
: help or kindness that God gives or shows to people恩典;天恩
◊ People use the phrase (there) but for the grace of God (go I) to say that they could be in the same bad situation as someone else.多亏了老天的保佑(才免遭别人遭到的不幸)
: a state of being pleasing to God上天眷顾;被(神)青睐
[noncount] : a short prayer that is said before a meal(饭前的)简短祷告
Grace [noncount]used as a title for a duke, a duchess, or an archbishop(用作对公爵、公爵夫人或大主教的尊称)大人,夫人,阁下used with his, her, or your与his、her或your连用

airs and graces

see 1air

fall from grace

◊ If you fall from grace or experience a fall from grace, you no longer enjoy the success or good reputation that you once had, usually because you have done something wrong.失宠;颜面扫地;失去信誉

in someone's good graces

◊ If you are in someone's good graces, that person likes you and has a good opinion of you.得到某人赏识

with bad/ill grace

: in a way that shows that you are not happy about something : in an unpleasant way不快地;不情愿地

with good grace

: in a polite and pleasant way乐意地;欣然地
2 grace /ˈgreɪs/ verb
graces; graced; gracing
2 grace
graces; graced; gracing
Learner's definition of GRACE
[+ object] formal
: to decorate or add beauty to (something)装饰;为(某物)增色

grace (a person, group, etc.) with your presence

: to come to a place to be with (a person, group, etc.)大驾光临usually used humorously通常作诙谐用法


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: unmerited divine assistance given to humans for their regeneration or sanctification
: a virtue coming from God
: a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine assistance
: approval, favor
stayed in his good graces
archaic : mercy, pardon
: a special favor : privilege
each in his place, by right, not grace, shall rule his heritage Rudyard Kipling
: disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemency
: a temporary exemption : reprieve
: a charming or attractive trait or characteristic
Among disagreeable qualities he possessed the saving grace of humor.
: a pleasing appearance or effect : charm
all the grace of youth John Buchan
: ease and suppleness (see supple entry 1 sense 2b) of movement or bearing
danced with such grace
used as a title of address or reference for a duke, a duchess, or an archbishop
: a short prayer at a meal asking a blessing or giving thanks
Graces plural : three sister goddesses in Greek mythology who are the givers of charm and beauty
: a musical trill, turn, or appoggiatura
: sense of propriety or right
had the grace not to run for elective office Calvin Trillin
: the quality or state of being considerate or thoughtful
accepted his advice with grace


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graced; gracing

transitive verb

: to confer dignity or honor on
The king graced him with the rank of a knight.
: adorn, embellish
graveled walks graced with statues J. A. Michener
Choose the Right Synonym for grace

mercy, charity, clemency, grace, leniency mean a disposition to show kindness or compassion.

mercy implies compassion that forbears punishing even when justice demands it.

threw himself on the mercy of the court

charity stresses benevolence and goodwill shown in broad understanding and tolerance of others.

show a little charity for the less fortunate

clemency implies a mild or merciful disposition in one having the power or duty of punishing.

the judge refused to show clemency

grace implies a benign attitude and a willingness to grant favors or make concessions.

by the grace of God

leniency implies lack of severity in punishing.

criticized the courts for excessive leniency

Example Sentences

Noun She walked across the stage with effortless grace. She handles her problems with grace and dignity. He has shown remarkable grace during this crisis. She is quite lovable despite her lack of social graces. Let us give thanks for God's grace. By the grace of God, no one was seriously hurt. She tried to live her life in God's grace. Verb Several marble statues grace the courtyard. I hope that you will grace our gathering with your presence. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Burgers, shrimp quesadillas and a crispy chicken sandwich on an onion grace the menu along with sides such as lemon pepper broccoli and yellow rice. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 16 Sep. 2022 In the dark comedy, Hawke plays Eleanor, a wealthy outcast who comes together with Mendes’s character Drea, an insider experiencing a fall from social grace, all at the expense of their prep school enemies. Arden Fanning Andrews, Vogue, 16 Sep. 2022 Johnson’s visuals were stunning: pulsating, panning, expanding and contracting in concordance with the ebb and flow of the music’s dynamics and textures, conducted with invisible grace by Shift director David Allen Flowers. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Sep. 2022 Rather, he is seen as a figurehead whose behavior reflects suitable decorum and grace. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, 12 Sep. 2022 Afterward, over time, Cave managed to achieve a newfound appreciation of life’s fragile grace. David Marchese, New York Times, 11 Sep. 2022 His compassion and grace during such a traumatic experience inspired her. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 11 Sep. 2022 Parks struggles to bring that grace to Hudgins’s story. Charley Locke, Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2022 Bhatt is luminescent, playing both spitfire and sweetheart with gusto and grace. Courtney Howard, Variety, 8 Sep. 2022
In doing so, more than a thousand pieces of opera memorabilia and art now grace the building in the city's prestigious Hoàn Kiếm quarter. Chris Dwyer, CNN, 10 Aug. 2022 Flowers grace her forearm, representing each of her children, and a butterfly sits above Makenna's flower. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 3 Aug. 2022 Her paintings of bright-colored koi swimming through aqua waters grace the intersection of East Central and Park streets in Natick Center. Katie Mogg, BostonGlobe.com, 21 July 2022 Large planters from the elite furnishing company grace the front walk, giving the club a warm and homey feel. Megha Mcswain, Chron, 14 July 2022 Every year, picturesque pink and white blooms of the aquatic perennials grace the west side of the historic reservoir. Matt Pawlik, Los Angeles Times, 7 July 2022 Plenty of potato dishes grace plenty of Thanksgiving feasts. Sue Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 25 Nov. 2021 With the announcement that Beyoncé will grace the Academy Awards with a sure-to-be-epic performance, excitement for the broadcast of the 94th annual ceremony has been piqued even further. Rivea Ruff, Essence, 24 Mar. 2022 This beautiful framed print can grace your wall for everyone in the house to remember your beloved family pet. Ysolt Usigan, Woman's Day, 27 July 2022 See More

Word History


Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin gratia favor, charm, thanks, from gratus pleasing, grateful; akin to Sanskrit gṛṇāti he praises

First Known Use


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of grace was in the 12th century


1attractive movement吸引人的動作ADJECTIVE | VERB + GRACE | PREPOSITION ADJECTIVEeasy, effortless, fluid, lithe從容的/自然的/優美的/柔美的姿態natural自然的優雅uncommon難得的優雅a debut album of uncommon grace and beauty既高雅又漂亮的首張專輯feline貓一般輕盈的體態VERB + GRACEhave, move with文雅;舉止優雅PREPOSITIONwith grace優雅地Ann moved with easy grace.安舉止優雅從容。


2kindness of God上帝的仁慈ADJECTIVE | VERB + GRACE ADJECTIVEdivine, heavenly, sublime, supernatural神的恩典;天國的恩惠;上帝的慈悲;超自然的恩典the power of divine grace operating in their souls他們靈魂中蒙主恩賜的力量sovereign至高無上的恩典sacramental聖事的恩祐VERB + GRACEbestow, confer, pour, pour out賜恩;授予恩典;降恩典The mantra bestows Siva's grace upon the devotee.曼怛羅將濕婆神的恩典賜予虔誠的信徒。

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