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English noun: saving grace

1. saving 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.

Synonymsgrace, state of grace

Broader (hypernym)state

Domain categoryChristian theology

2. saving grace (attribute) a redeeming quality or characteristic

SamplesHer love of music remains her one saving grace.
Her sense of humor has to be a saving grace.
The saving grace for both developments is that they are creating jobs.

Broader (hypernym)characteristic

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