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Middle English, from Old French, from Latin grātia, from grātus, pleasing; see gwerə-2 in Indo-European roots.

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  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.
  4. a.A disposition to be generous or helpful; goodwill.
b.Mercy; clemency.
c.Divine love and protection bestowed freely on people.
d.The state of being protected or sanctified by the favor of God.
e.An excellence or power granted by God.
  1. A favor rendered by one who need not do so; indulgence.
  2. A temporary immunity or exemption; a reprieve.
  3. Graces Greek & Roman Mythology Three sister goddesses, known in Greek mythology as Aglaia, Euphrosyne, and Thalia, who dispense charm and beauty.
  4. a.Divine love and protection bestowed freely on people.
b.The state of being protected or sanctified by the favor of God.
c.An excellence or power granted by God.
  1. A short prayer of blessing or thanksgiving said before or after a meal.
  2. Grace Used with His, Her, or Your as a title and form of address for a duke, duchess, or archbishop.
  3. Music An appoggiatura, trill, or other musical ornanment in the music of 16th and 17th century England.


Transitive - 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.


1. The estimate of greatness varies from sphere to sphere. To be great is to be Godlike. And since the quality of greatness is wholly determined by the content of goodness, it follows that, even in your present human estate, if you can through grace become good, you are thereby becoming great.[1]

2. The perfection of the creatures of time, when finally achieved, is wholly an acquirement, a bona fide personality possession. While the elements of grace are freely admixed, nevertheless, the creature attainments are the result of individual effort and actual living, personality reaction to the existing environment.[2]

3. Goodness always compels respect, but when it is devoid of grace, it often repels affection. Goodness is universally attractive only when it is gracious. Goodness is effective only when it is attractive.[3]

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