Monday, May 18, 2009

Grace






1grace            Listen to the pronunciation of 1grace
Pronunciation:
\ˈgrās\
Function:
noun
Etymology:
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin gratia favor, charm, thanks, from gratus pleasing, grateful; akin to Sanskrit gṛṇāti he praises
Date:
12th century
1 a: unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctificationb: a virtue coming from God c: a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine grace2 a: approvalfavor graces> barchaic : mercypardon c:a special favor : privilege grace, shall rule his heritage — Rudyard Kipling> d: disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemency e: a temporary exemption : reprieve3 a: a charming or attractive trait or characteristic b: a pleasing appearance or effect: charm grace of youth — John Buchan> c: ease and suppleness of movement or bearing4—used as a title of address or reference for a duke, a duchess, or an archbishop5: a short prayer at a meal asking a blessing or giving thanks6plural capitalized : three sister goddesses in Greek mythology who are the givers of charm and beauty7: a musical trill, turn, or appoggiatura8 a: sense of propriety or right grace not to run for elective office — Calvin Trillin> b: the quality or state of being considerate or thoughtful
synonyms see mercy