saving grace

noun
a quality that makes up for other generally negative characteristics; redeeming feature.

Origin:
1590–1600

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saving grace

noun
1. (Christian theology) a state of sanctification by God; the state of one who is under such divine influence; "the 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" [syn: grace
2. a redeeming quality or characteristic; "her 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" 
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Example sentences
The long-established parks in the hinterland are the one saving grace.
The only saving grace is what the park service has preserved.
My saving grace was my father's encouragement for me to pursue the field of
  science.
Its saving grace-no ozone depletion in the atmosphere.
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