fall from grace

fall from grace
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fawl fruhm, from greys]
    • /fɔl frʌm, frɒm greɪs/
    • /fɔːl frəm ɡreɪs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fawl fruhm, from greys]
    • /fɔl frʌm, frɒm greɪs/

Definitions of fall from grace words

  • noun fall from grace elegance or beauty of form, manner, motion, or action: We watched her skate with effortless grace across the ice. Synonyms: attractiveness, charm, gracefulness, comeliness, ease, lissomeness, fluidity. Antonyms: stiffness, ugliness, awkwardness, clumsiness; klutziness. 1
  • noun fall from grace a pleasing or attractive quality or endowment: He lacked the manly graces. 1
  • noun fall from grace favor or goodwill. Synonyms: kindness, kindliness, love, benignity; condescension. 1
  • noun fall from grace a manifestation of favor, especially by a superior: It was only through the dean's grace that I wasn't expelled from school. Synonyms: forgiveness, charity, mercifulness. Antonyms: animosity, enmity, disfavor. 1
  • noun fall from grace mercy; clemency; pardon: He was saved by an act of grace from the governor. Synonyms: lenity, leniency, reprieve. Antonyms: harshness. 1
  • noun fall from grace favor shown in granting a delay or temporary immunity. 1

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Origin of fall from grace

First appearance:

before 1125
One of the 6% oldest English words
1125-75; Middle English < Old French < Latin grātia favor, kindness, esteem, derivative of grātus pleasing

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fall from grace popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 98% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for fall from grace

noun fall from grace

  • backslide — to lapse into bad habits or vices from a state of virtue, religious faith, etc
  • fall — to come or drop down suddenly to a lower position, especially to leave a standing or erect position suddenly, whether voluntarily or not: to fall on one's knees.
  • lapse — an accidental or temporary decline or deviation from an expected or accepted condition or state; a temporary falling or slipping from a previous standard: a lapse of justice.
  • original sin — Theology. a depravity, or tendency to evil, held to be innate in humankind and transmitted from Adam to all humans in consequence of his sin. inclination to evil, inherent in human nature.
  • slip — to move, flow, pass, or go smoothly or easily; glide; slide: Water slips off a smooth surface.

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