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In Christian belief, the free and unmerited favour of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.

Grace in Christian usage also denotes a short prayer of thanks said before or after a meal.

The word is also used as a form of description or address for a duke, duchess, or archbishop: Her Grace, the Duchess of Omnium, Your Grace.

act of grace a privilege or concession that cannot be claimed as a right.

by the grace of God through God's favour, especially (translating Latin Dei gratia) appended to the formal statement of a monarch's title, and formerly to that of some ecclesiastical dignitaries.

grace and favour accommodation occupied by permission of a sovereign or government.

grace note an extra note added as an embellishment and not essential to the harmony or melody.

there but for the grace of God go I used to acknowledge one's good fortune in avoiding another's mistake or misfortune.

See also days of grace, graces, year of grace.

Subjects: Christianity — Early Modern History (1500 to 1700).


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