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1. Seemingly effortless beauty or charm of movement, form, or proportion.
2. A characteristic or quality pleasing for its charm or refinement.
3. A sense of fitness or propriety.
a. A disposition to be generous or helpful; goodwill.
b. Mercy; clemency.
5. A favor rendered by one who need not do so; indulgence.
6. A temporary immunity or exemption; a reprieve.
7. Graces Greek & Roman Mythology Three sister goddesses, known in Greek mythology as Aglaia, Euphrosyne, and Thalia, who dispense charm and beauty.
8. Christianity
a. Divine favor bestowed freely on people, as in granting redemption from sin.
b. The state of having received such favor.
c. An excellence or power granted by God.
9. A short prayer of blessing or thanksgiving said before or after a meal.
10. Grace Used with His, Her, or Your as a title and form of address for a duke, duchess, or archbishop.
11. Music An appoggiatura, trill, or other musical ornament in the music of 16th and 17th century England.
tr.v. graced, grac·ing, grac·es
1. To honor or favor: You grace our table with your presence.
2. To give beauty, elegance, or charm to.
3. Music To embellish with grace notes.
in the bad graces of
Out of favor with.
in the good graces of
In favor with.
with bad grace
In a grudging manner.
with good grace
In a willing manner.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin grātia, from grātus, pleasing; see gwerə- in Indo-European roots.]


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(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth three sisters, the goddesses Aglaia, Euphrosyne, and Thalia, givers of charm and beauty
References in classic literature ?
907-911) And Eurynome, the daughter of Ocean, beautiful in form, bare him three fair-cheeked Charites (Graces), Aglaea, and Euphrosyne, and lovely Thaleia, from whose eyes as they glanced flowed love that unnerves the limbs: and beautiful is their glance beneath their brows.
At La Charite, I executed the poor fellow's dying wishes.
215-216); Marie Luillier, who desired to further her sister's vision of an open congregation, and took the lead in creating the Filles de la Croix, modeled on the Filles de Roye in Picardy, active in the training of schoolmistresses; Marie Lumague, who seconded Louise de Marillac's work with the charites and started up, in her own house, with support of the archbishop of Paris, the Filles de la Providence to provide an alternative to the Madelonettes in helping young women turn away from prostitution; and Genevieve Fayet, who organized the Dames de la Charite to visit the sick at the Paris Hotel-Dieu.