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grace in Christianity topic

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishgracegrace1 /ɡreɪs/ ●●○ noun  1 way of moving [uncountable]GRACEFUL a smooth way of moving that looks natural, relaxed, and attractive syn gracefulness Lena moved with the grace of a dancer.2 behaviour a) [uncountable] polite and pleasant behaviour The hotel maintains traditional standards of elegance, style, and grace.have the grace to do something He didn’t even have the grace to apologize (=he was not polite enough to apologize). b) graces [plural]POLITE the skills needed to behave in a way that is considered polite and socially acceptable Max definitely lacked social graces.3 more time [uncountable]MORE/EXTRA (also grace period American English) more time that is allowed to someone to finish a piece of work, pay a debt etca day’s/week’s etc grace I got a few days’ grace to finish my essay.4 with (a) good/bad grace5 god’s kindness [uncountable] formalRRGOOD/MORAL God’s kindness that is shown to people We are saved by God’s grace.6 there but for the grace of God (go I)7 prayer [uncountable]RRCPRAY a prayer thanking God, said before a meal My father said grace.8 soul [uncountable] the state of someone’s soul when it is free from evil, according to Christian belief He died in a state of grace (=when God has forgiven you for the wrong things you have done).9 Your/His etc Grace10 the Graces airs and graces at air1(9), → fall from grace at fall1(17), → saving grace at save1(14)
Examples from the Corpus
graceYou are saved by grace alone, not by good works.Now, as Pope fell from grace, McClellan came to the fore again.I have a six-month grace period before I have to begin paying back my student loans.A Presbyterian evangelist converted Sarah, but left her with more feelings of guilt than of grace.Before we eat, I'd just like to say grace.Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?Certainly the grace and old-world tradition of nut trees are an asset to any garden.Jacques; he declined with grace.The princess always handled herself with grace and dignity.said graceI asked one pupil if he ever said Grace.