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noun     grace pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] a smooth and beautiful way of moving

    She moved with natural grace.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] kind, polite, and fair behaviour

    She captures the character’s essential gentleness and grace.

    have the (good) grace to do something:

    He should have the grace to admit he was wrong.

    with (good/a good) grace (=in a pleasant and willing way):

    Davis accepted the defeat with good grace.

    with bad/a bad/an ill grace (=in an unpleasant and unwilling way):

    She responded with an ill grace to our appeal for help.

    1. a.


      [plural] skills that are necessary for polite or friendly relationships with other people
  3. 3
    [singular/uncountable] a short prayer that some people say before they eat to thank God for the food

    Eric, would you like to say grace?

  4. 4
    [uncountable] according to religious belief, the love and kindness that God gives to people
    by/through God’s grace:

    It was only by God’s grace that we were saved.

    1. a.
      according to religious belief, the condition of people when they are loved and forgiven by God
      state of grace:

      He died in a state of grace.

  5. 5
    [uncountable] extra time that you have, or that someone allows you to have, in order to do something such as pay money that you owe

    Could you give me a couple of days’ grace to pay the rent?

  6. 6
    [countable] a grace note
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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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