w.r. grace

Grace

[greys]
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.
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grace (ɡreɪs)
 
n
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.  (plural)
 a.  affectation of manner (esp in the phrase airs and graces)
 b.  in someone's good graces regarded favourably and with kindness by someone
7.  mercy; clemency
8.  Christianity
 a.  the free and unmerited favour of God shown towards man
 b.  the divine assistance and power given to man in spiritual rebirth and sanctification
 c.  the condition of being favoured or sanctified by God
 d.  an unmerited gift, favour, etc, granted by God
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
 
vb
14.  (tr) to add elegance and beauty to: flowers graced the room
15.  (tr) to honour or favour: to grace a party with one's presence
16.  to ornament or decorate (a melody, part, etc) with nonessential notes
 
[C12: from Old French, from Latin grātia, from grātus pleasing]

Grace1 (ɡreɪs)
 
n (preceded by your, his, or her)
a title used to address or refer to a duke, duchess, or archbishop

Grace2 (ɡreɪs)
 
n
W(illiam) G(ilbert). 1848--1915, English cricketer

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grace
late 12c., "God's favor or help," from O.Fr. grace "pleasing quality, favor, good will, thanks," from L. gratia "pleasing quality, good will, gratitude," from gratus "pleasing, agreeable," from PIE base *gwer- "to praise, welcome" (cf. Skt. grnati "sings, praises, announces," Lith. 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 (L. Gratiæ, Gk. 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) is in the sense of "gratitude." Verb 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).
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Grace definition


(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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