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English noun: grace

1. grace (state) (Christian theology) a state of sanctification by God; the state of one who is under such divine influence

SamplesThe 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.

Synonymssaving grace, state of grace

Broader (hypernym)state

Domain categoryChristian theology

2. grace (attribute) elegance and beauty of movement or expression

SamplesA beautiful figure which she used in subtle movements of unparalleled grace.


Broader (hypernym)gracefulness

3. grace (attribute) a sense of propriety and consideration for others

SamplesA place where the company of others must be accepted with good grace.


Broader (hypernym)correctitude, properness, propriety


4. grace (attribute) a disposition to kindness and compassion

SamplesThe victor's grace in treating the vanquished.

Synonymsgood will, goodwill

Broader (hypernym)good nature

5. Grace (person) (Greek mythology) one of three sisters who were the givers of beauty and charm; a favorite subject for sculptors

Broader (hypernym)Greek deity

Narrower (hyponym)Aglaia, Euphrosyne, Thalia

Domain categoryGreek mythology

6. grace (communication) a short prayer of thanks before a meal

SamplesTheir youngest son said grace.

Synonymsblessing, thanksgiving

Broader (hypernym)orison, petition, prayer

7. grace (attribute) (Christian theology) the free and unmerited favor or beneficence of God

SamplesGod's grace is manifested in the salvation of sinners.
There but for the grace of God go I.

Synonymsfree grace, grace of God

Broader (hypernym)beneficence

Domain categoryChristian theology

English verb: grace

1. grace (creation) make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.

SamplesDecorate the room for the party.
Beautify yourself for the special day.

ExamplesThey grace the halls with holly

Synonymsadorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, ornament

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

Narrower (hyponym)applique, bard, barde, bead, bedeck, bedight, bedizen, begild, bejewel, beset, bespangle, blazon, braid, broider, caparison, color, colour, deck, dress, dress ship, dress up, emblazon, emblazon, embroider, enamel, encrust, engild, festoon, filet, fillet, flag, fledge, flight, foliate, fret, fringe, garland, garnish, gild, gild the lily, hang, illuminate, illustrate, incrust, inlay, jewel, lacquer, landscape, paint the lily, panel, pipe, prank, redecorate, scallop, smock, spangle, stick, stucco, tart up, tinsel, trim, trim, vermiculate, wreathe

Verb groupornament

2. grace (stative) be beautiful to look at

SamplesFlowers adorned the tables everywhere.

ExamplesHolly flowers grace the halls

Synonymsadorn, beautify, deck, decorate, embellish

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)be

Narrower (hyponym)ornament

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