grace

Grace commonly refers to a smooth and pleasing way of moving, or a polite and thoughtful way of behaving. But when someone says they were late to the airport and only made it onto their plane by the grace of God, they're talking about grace in the context of God's favor.

When used in the plural, the social graces are the skills needed for being polite. If you are "in someone's good graces," they regard you with favor. In Middle English, the word grace originally meant "God's favor or help," a sense that we still use today. The related word gracious originally meant "filled with God's favor or help." Grace was borrowed from Old French, from Latin gratia "pleasing quality, favor, thanks," from gratus "pleasing."

Primary Meanings of grace

1.
nv
elegance and beauty of movement or expression
make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.
2.
n
(Christian theology) a state of sanctification by God; the state of one who is under such divine influence
Full Definitions of grace
1

n elegance and beauty of movement or expression

“a beautiful figure which she used in subtle movements of unparalleled grace
Synonyms:
gracility
Type of:
gracefulness
beautiful carriage

n a sense of propriety and consideration for others

“a place where the company of others must be accepted with good grace
Synonyms:
seemliness
Antonyms:
unseemliness
a lack of consideration for others
Type of:
correctitude, properness, propriety
correct or appropriate behavior

n a disposition to kindness and compassion

“the victor's grace in treating the vanquished”
Synonyms:
good will, goodwill
Type of:
good nature
a cheerful, obliging disposition

v make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.

Synonyms:
adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, ornament
ornament
be an ornament to
Types:
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wreathe
decorate or deck with wreaths
beset, encrust, incrust
decorate or cover lavishly (as with gems)
braid
decorate with braids or ribbons
broider, embroider
decorate with needlework
stick
cover and decorate with objects that pierce the surface
illustrate
supply with illustrations
garland
adorn with bands of flowers or leaves
fledge, flight
decorate with feathers
bespangle, spangle
decorate with spangles
foliate
decorate with leaves
flag
decorate with flags
bard, barde, caparison, dress up
put a caparison on
bead
decorate by sewing beads onto
pipe
trim with piping
applique
sew on as a decoration
gild the lily, paint the lily
adorn unnecessarily (something that is already beautiful)
vermiculate
decorate with wavy or winding lines
smock
embellish by sewing in straight lines crossing each other diagonally
hang
decorate or furnish with something suspended
prank
dress or decorate showily or gaudily
tinsel
adorn with tinsel
tart up
decorate in a cheap and flashy way
stucco
decorate with stucco work
redecorate
redo the decoration of an apartment or house
panel
decorate with panels
bejewel, jewel
adorn or decorate with precious stones
filet, fillet
decorate with a lace of geometric designs
scallop
decorate an edge with scallops
bedizen
decorate tastelessly
dress ship
decorate a ship with flags
dress, garnish, trim
decorate (food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods
trim
decorate, as with ornaments
bedeck, bedight, deck
decorate
festoon
decorate with strings of flowers
enamel
coat, inlay, or surface with enamel
inlay
decorate the surface of by inserting wood, stone, and metal
lacquer
coat with lacquer
begild, engild, gild
decorate with, or as if with, gold leaf or liquid gold
illuminate
add embellishments and paintings to (medieval manuscripts)
blazon, emblazon
decorate with heraldic arms
color, colour, emblazon
decorate with colors
fringe
adorn with a fringe
fret
decorate with an interlaced design
landscape
embellish with plants
faggot, fagot
ornament or join (fabric) by faggot stitch
purl
embroider with gold or silver thread
purl
edge or border with gold or silver embroidery
plume
deck with a plume
hatch
inlay with narrow strips or lines of a different substance such as gold or silver, for the purpose of decorating
damascene
inlay metal with gold and silver
japan
coat with a lacquer, as done in Japan
miniate, rubricate
decorate (manuscripts) with letters painted red
miniate
paint with red lead or vermilion
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v be beautiful to look at

Synonyms:
adorn, beautify, deck, decorate, embellish
Types:
ornament
be an ornament to
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
2

n (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
Synonyms:
saving grace, state of grace
Type of:
state
the way something is with respect to its main attributes

n (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”
Synonyms:
free grace, grace of God
Type of:
beneficence
the quality of being kind or helpful or generous

n a short prayer of thanks before a meal

“their youngest son said grace
Synonyms:
blessing, thanksgiving
Type of:
orison, petition, prayer
reverent petition to a deity

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