Hypertext Webster Gateway: "grace"

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary (easton)

(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).

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Grace \Grace\, n. [F. gr[^a]ce, L. gratia, from gratus beloved,
dear, agreeable; perh. akin to Gr. ? to rejoice, ? favor,
grace, Skr. hary to desire, and E. yearn. Cf. {Grateful},
1. The exercise of love, kindness, mercy, favor; disposition
to benefit or serve another; favor bestowed or privilege

To bow and sue for grace With suppliant knee.

2. (Theol.) The divine favor toward man; the mercy of God, as
distinguished from His justice; also, any benefits His
mercy imparts; divine love or pardon; a state of
acceptance with God; enjoyment of the divine favor.

And if by grace, then is it no more of works. --Rom.
xi. 6.

My grace is sufficicnt for thee. --2 Cor. xii.

Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.
--Rom. v. 20.

By whom also we have access by faith into this grace
wherein we stand. --Rom. v.2

3. (Law)
(a) The prerogative of mercy execised by the executive, as
(b) The same prerogative when exercised in the form of
equitable relief through chancery.

4. Fortune; luck; -- used commonly with hard or sorry when it
means misfortune. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

5. Inherent excellence; any endowment or characteristic
fitted to win favor or confer pleasure or benefit.

He is complete in feature and in mind. With all good
grace to grace a gentleman. --Shak.

I have formerly given the general character of Mr.
Addison's style and manner as natural and
unaffected, easy and polite, and full of those
graces which a flowery imagination diffuses over
writing. --Blair.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Grace \Grace\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Graced}; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To adorn; to decorate; to embellish and dignify.

Great Jove and Phoebus graced his noble line.

We are graced with wreaths of victory. --Shak.

2. To dignify or raise by an act of favor; to honor.

He might, at his pleasure, grace or disgrace whom he
would in court. --Knolles.

3. To supply with heavenly grace. --Bp. Hall.

4. (Mus.) To add grace notes, cadenzas, etc., to.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: a state of sanctification by God [syn: {saving grace}, {state
of grace}]
2: elegance and beauty of movement or expression [syn: {gracility}]
3: a sense of propriety and consideration for others [syn: {seemliness}]
[ant: {unseemliness}]
4: a disposition to kindness and compassion; benign good will:
"the victor's grace in treating the vanquished" [syn: {good
will}, {goodwill}]
5: (Greek mythology) one of three sisters who were the givers
of beauty and charm; a favorite subject for sculptors
[syn: {Grace}]
6: a short prayer of thanks before a meal [syn: {blessing}, {thanksgiving}]
7: free and unmerited favor or beneficence of God: "there but
for the grace of God go I"
v 1: make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.;
"Decorate the room for the party"; "beautify yourself
for the special day" [syn: {decorate}, {adorn}, {ornament},
{embellish}, {beautify}]
2: be beautiful to look at; "Flowers adorned the tables
everywhere" [syn: {deck}, {adorn}, {decorate}, {embellish},

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