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grace

noun absolution, clemency, concession, excuse, favor, forbearance, forgiveness, indulgence, pardon, reprieve
See also: absolution, amenity, amnesty, charity, clemency, condonation, consent, decorum, dispensation, embellish, exception, facility, favor, franchise, leave, lenience, license, permission, proportion, propriety, remission, reprieve, respite

GRACE. That which a person is not entitled to by law, but which is extended to him as a favor; a pardon, for example, is an act of grace. There are- certain days allowed to a payer of a promissory note or bill of exchange, beyond the time which appears on its face, which are called days of grace. (q. v.)

References in classic literature ?
I confess that this is entirely new to me, your Grace.
In the first place, your Grace, I am bound to tell you that you have placed yourself in a most serious position in the eyes of the law.
Even more culpable in my opinion, your Grace, is your attitude towards your younger son.
What he will divulge I cannot tell, but I have no doubt that your Grace could make him understand that it is to his interest to be silent.
In that case, your Grace, since you have yourself stated that any unhappiness in your married life was caused by his presence I would suggest that you make such amends as you can to the Duchess, and that you try to resume those relations which have been so unhappily interrupted.
It is certainly a quiet story, but it will surely resonate with the Graces out there who are working hard and playing by the rules.
Young uses the third person to tell about Grace and her two friends and her family.
The fruit of the vine is the seed of graces yet to come, a taste of the marriage supper of the Lamb to be celebrated at the end of history -- as in "Love (III)," which also happens to be the final poem in The Temple.
Belief in the centrality of inward spiritual life, on the other hand, was reinforced by a theology in which the external elements are less effectual instruments than mere signs of a strictly invisible grace.
Graces Resources, incorporated in 1991, provides emergency groceries and food to about 60,000 people a year.
as he is the last of three successive generations of Graces to head the firm over a span of more than 140 years.
Edgar Wind opened his chapter on Seneca's Graces in Pagan Mysteries with the observation that "perhaps no other group of antiquity has so persistently engaged the allegorical imagination" (31).