Graces



[greys] /greɪs/

noun
1.
elegance or beauty of form, manner, motion, or action:
We watched her skate with effortless grace across the ice.
Synonyms: attractiveness, charm, gracefulness, comeliness, ease, lissomeness, fluidity.
Antonyms: stiffness, ugliness, awkwardness, clumsiness; klutziness.
2.
a pleasing or attractive quality or endowment:
He lacked the manly graces.
3.
favor or goodwill.
Synonyms: kindness, kindliness, love, benignity; condescension.
4.
a manifestation of favor, especially by a superior:
It was only through the dean’s grace that I wasn’t expelled from school.
Synonyms: forgiveness, charity, mercifulness.
Antonyms: animosity, enmity, disfavor.
5.
mercy; clemency; pardon:
He was saved by an act of grace from the governor.
Synonyms: lenity, leniency, reprieve.
Antonyms: harshness.
6.
favor shown in granting a delay or temporary immunity.
7.
an allowance of time after a debt or bill has become payable granted to the debtor before suit can be brought against him or her or a penalty applied:
The life insurance premium is due today, but we have 31 days’ grace before the policy lapses.
Compare .
8.
Theology.

9.
moral strength:
the grace to perform a duty.
10.
a short prayer before or after a meal, in which a blessing is asked and thanks are given:
Grandfather will now say grace.
11.
(usually initial capital letter) a formal title used in addressing or mentioning a duke, duchess, or archbishop, and formerly also a sovereign (usually preceded by your, his, etc.).
12.
Graces, Classical Mythology. the goddesses of beauty, daughters of Zeus and Eurynome, worshiped in Greece as the Charities and in Rome as the Gratiae.
13.
Music. .
verb (used with object), graced, gracing.
14.
to lend or add grace to; adorn:
Many fine paintings graced the rooms of the house.
Synonyms: embellish, beautify, deck, decorate, ornament; enhance, honor.
Antonyms: disfigure, desecrate, demean.
15.
to favor or honor:
to grace an occasion with one’s presence.
Synonyms: glorify, elevate, exalt.
Antonyms: disrespect, dishonor.
Idioms
16.
but for the grace of God, under less fortunate circumstances:
But for the grace of God, the brick that just fell from the roof would have hit me on the head!
17.
by the grace of God, thankfully; fortunately:
By the grace of God, I won’t have to deal with tax returns for another year.
18.
fall from grace,

19.
have the grace to, to be so kind as to:
Would you have the grace to help, please?
20.
in someone’s good / bad graces, regarded with favor (or disfavor) by someone:
It is a wonder that I have managed to stay in her good graces this long.
21.
with bad grace, reluctantly; grudgingly:
He apologized, but did so with bad grace.
Also, with a bad grace.
22.
with good grace, willingly; ungrudgingly:
She took on the extra work with good grace.
[greys] /greɪs/
noun
1.
William Russell, 1832–1904, U.S. financier and shipping magnate, born in Ireland: mayor of New York City 1880–88.
2.
a female given name.
/ˈɡreɪsɪz/
plural noun
1.
(Greek myth) three sisters, the goddesses Aglaia, Euphrosyne, and Thalia, givers of charm and beauty
/ɡreɪs/
noun
1.
elegance and beauty of movement, form, expression, or proportion
2.
a pleasing or charming quality
3.
goodwill or favour
4.
the granting of a favour or the manifestation of goodwill, esp by a superior
5.
a sense of propriety and consideration for others
6.
(pl)

7.
mercy; clemency
8.
(Christianity)

9.
a short prayer recited before or after a meal to invoke a blessing upon the food or give thanks for it
10.
(music) a melodic ornament or decoration
11.
See days of grace
12.
with bad grace, with a bad grace, unwillingly or grudgingly
13.
with good grace, with a good grace, willingly or cheerfully
verb
14.
(transitive) to add elegance and beauty to: flowers graced the room
15.
(transitive) to honour or favour: to grace a party with one’s presence
16.
to ornament or decorate (a melody, part, etc) with nonessential notes
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noun
1.
preceded by your, his, or her. a title used to address or refer to a duke, duchess, or archbishop
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noun
1.
W(illiam) G(ilbert). 1848–1915, English cricketer

fem. proper name, literally “favor, grace;” see grace (n.).
n.

late 12c., “God’s favor or help,” from Old French grace “pardon, divine grace, mercy; favor, thanks; elegance, virtue” (12c.), from Latin gratia “favor, esteem, regard; pleasing quality, good will, gratitude” (source of Italian grazia, Spanish gracia), from gratus “pleasing, agreeable,” from PIE root *gwere- “to favor” (cf. Sanskrit grnati “sings, praises, announces,” Lithuanian giriu “to praise, celebrate,” Avestan gar- “to praise”).

Sense of “virtue” is early 14c., that of “beauty of form or movement, pleasing quality” is mid-14c. In classical sense, “one of the three sister goddesses (Latin Gratiæ, Greek Kharites), bestowers of beauty and charm,” it is first recorded in English 1579 in Spenser. The short prayer that is said before or after a meal (early 13c.; until 16c. usually graces) has a sense of “gratitude.”
v.

c.1200, “to thank,” from Old French gracier, from grace (see grace (n.)). Meaning “to show favor” (mid-15c.) led to that of “to lend or add grace to something” (1580s, e.g. grace us with your presence), which is the root of the musical sense in grace notes (1650s). Related: Graced; gracing.

Greek and Roman goddesses of loveliness and charm. According to most stories, there were three of them. They were supposed to be invited to every banquet.

(1.) Of form or person (Prov. 1:9; 3:22; Ps. 45:2). (2.) Favour, kindness, friendship (Gen. 6:8; 18:3; 19:19; 2 Tim. 1:9). (3.) God’s forgiving mercy (Rom. 11:6; Eph. 2:5). (4.) The gospel as distinguished from the law (John 1:17; Rom. 6:14; 1 Pet. 5:12). (5.) Gifts freely bestowed by God; as miracles, prophecy, tongues (Rom. 15:15; 1 Cor. 15:10; Eph. 3:8). (6.) Christian virtues (2 Cor. 8:7; 2 Pet. 3:18). (7.) The glory hereafter to be revealed (1 Pet. 1:13).

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