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  ( graces    plural & 3rd person present)   ( gracing    present participle)   ( graced    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-uncount   If someone moves with grace, they move in a smooth, controlled, and attractive way.  
usu with supp  
He moved with the grace of a trained boxer...     
2       n-uncount   If someone behaves with grace, they behave in a pleasant, polite, and dignified way, even when they are upset or being treated unfairly.  
The new King seemed to be carrying out his duties with grace and due decorum...     
3       n-plural   The graces are the ways of behaving and doing things which are considered polite and well-mannered.  
oft adj N  
She didn't fit in and she had few social graces.     
4       n-uncount   Grace is used in expressions such as a day's grace and a month's grace to say that you are allowed that amount of extra time before you have to finish something.  
usu supp N  
She wanted a couple of days' grace to get the maisonette cleaned before she moved in..., We have only a few hours' grace before the soldiers come.     
5       verb   If you say that something graces a place or a person, you mean that it makes them more attractive.  
FORMAL   He went to the beautiful old Welsh dresser that graced this homely room...      V n  
Her shoulders were graced with mink and her fingers sparkled with diamonds.      be V-ed with/by n  
6       n-uncount   In Christianity and some other religions, grace is the kindness that God shows to people because he loves them.  
It was only by the grace of God that no one died.     
7       n-var   When someone says grace before or after a meal, they say a prayer in which they thank God for the food and ask Him to bless it.  
Leo, will you say grace?     
8       n-voc; n-proper   You use expressions such as Your Grace and His Grace when you are addressing or referring to a duke, duchess, or archbishop.  
det-poss N  
Your Grace, I have a great favour to ask of you.     
    coup de grace  
    saving grace  
10    If someone falls from grace, they suddenly stop being successful or popular.  
mainly WRITTEN  
fall from grace      phrase   V inflects  
All went well at first, and I was in high favour; but presently I fell from grace...     
11    If someone has the good graceto do something, they are polite enough or honest enough to do it.  
have the grace to do sth/have the good grace to do sth      phrase   V inflects, PHR to-inf     (approval)    He did not even have the grace to apologise..., Many of us do stupid things in our youth, but we should have the good grace to admit them.     
12    If you do something unpleasant with good grace or with a good grace, you do it cheerfully and without complaining. If you do something with bad grace or with a bad grace, you do it unwillingly and without enthusiasm.  
with good grace/with a good grace/with bad grace/with a bad grace      phrase   PHR after v  
He accepted the decision with good grace, and wished me the very best of luck..., With appallingly bad grace I packed up and we drove north.     

coup de grace     
A coup de grace is an action or event which finally destroys something, for example an institution, which has been gradually growing weaker.  
FORMAL      n-sing   (=death blow)  
Irving Kristol delivered the coup de grace in a letter dated June 12: they had decided to reject the proposal.     
saving grace        ( saving graces    plural  ) A saving grace is a good quality or feature in a person or thing that prevents them from being completely bad or worthless.      n-count   with supp  
Ageing's one saving grace is you worry less about what people think.     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  



1    attractiveness, beauty, charm, comeliness, ease, elegance, finesse, gracefulness, loveliness, pleasantness, poise, polish, refinement, shapeliness, tastefulness  
2    benefaction, beneficence, benevolence, favour, generosity, goodness, goodwill, kindliness, kindness  
3    breeding, consideration, cultivation, decency, decorum, etiquette, mannerliness, manners, propriety, tact  
4    charity, clemency, compassion, forgiveness, indulgence, leniency, lenity, mercy, pardon, quarter, reprieve  
5    benediction, blessing, prayer, thanks, thanksgiving  
6    adorn, beautify, bedeck, deck, decorate, dignify, distinguish, elevate, embellish, enhance, enrich, favour, garnish, glorify, honour, ornament, set off  
,       n  
1    awkwardness, clumsiness, inelegance, stiffness, tastelessness, ugliness, ungainliness  
2    disfavour, ill will  
3    bad manners, tactlessness  
4    condemnation, harshness  
      vb   desecrate, dishonour, insult, ruin, spoil  

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