grace vs seemliness what difference

what is difference between grace and seemliness



From Middle English grace, from Old French grace (modern French grâce), from Latin grātia (kindness, favour, esteem), from grātus (pleasing), from Proto-Indo-European *gʷerH- (to praise, welcome); compare grateful.

The word displaced the native Middle English held, hield (grace) (from Old English held, hyld (grace)), Middle English este (grace, favour, pleasure) (from Old English ēste (grace, kindness, favour)), Middle English athmede(n) (grace) (from Old English ēadmēdu (grace)), Middle English are, ore (grace, mercy, honour) (from Old English ār (honour, grace, kindness, mercy)).


  • (Received Pronunciation, General American) IPA(key): /ɡɹeɪs/
  • Rhymes: -eɪs


grace (countable and uncountable, plural graces)

  1. (countable, uncountable) Charming, pleasing qualities.
    • 1699, William Temple, Heads designed for an essay on conversations
      Study gives strength to the mind; conversation, grace: the first apt to give stiffness, the other suppleness: one gives substance and form to the statue, the other polishes it.
    • 1783, Hugh Blair, “Critical Examniation of the Style of Mr. Addison in No. 411 of The Spectator” in Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres
      I have formerly given the general character of Mr. Addison’s style and manner as natural and unaffected, easy and polite, and full of those graces which a flowery imagination diffuses over writing.
  2. (countable) A short prayer of thanks before or after a meal.
  3. (countable, card games) In the games of patience or solitaire: a special move that is normally against the rules.
  4. (countable, music) A grace note.
  5. (uncountable) Elegant movement; balance or poise.
  6. (uncountable, finance) An allowance of time granted to a debtor during which he or she is free of at least part of his normal obligations towards the creditor.
    • 1990, Claude de Bèze, 1688 revolution in Siam: the memoir of Father de Bèze, s.j, translated by E. W. Hutchinson, University Press, page 153:
      With mounting anger the King denounced the pair, both father and son, and was about to condemn them to death when his strength gave out. Faint and trembling he was unable to walk and the sword fell from his hands as he murmured: ‘May the Protector of the Buddhist Faith grant me but seven more days grace of life to be quit of this disloyal couple, father and son’.
  7. (uncountable, theology) Free and undeserved favour, especially of God; unmerited divine assistance given to humans for their regeneration or sanctification, or for resisting sin.
    • 1902, John Buchan, The Outgoing of the Tide
      When she sang in the kirk, folk have told me that they had a foretaste of the musick of the New Jerusalem, and when she came in by the village of Caulds old men stottered to their doors to look at her. Moreover, from her earliest days the bairn had some glimmerings of grace.
  8. An act or decree of the governing body of an English university.

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grace (third-person singular simple present graces, present participle gracing, simple past and past participle graced)

  1. (transitive) To adorn; to decorate; to embellish and dignify.
  2. (transitive) To dignify or raise by an act of favour; to honour.
    • He might, at his pleasure, grace [] or disgrace whom he would in court.
  3. (transitive) To supply with heavenly grace.
    • Thy first publique miracle graceth a marriage
  4. (transitive, music) To add grace notes, cadenzas, etc., to.


  • mense


Further reading

  • grace on Wikipedia.Wikipedia


  • cager

Middle English

Etymology 1

From Old French grace, from Latin grātia.

Alternative forms

  • graz, crace, gras, grase


  • (Early ME) IPA(key): /ˈɡraːtsə/
  • IPA(key): /ˈɡraːs(ə)/


grace (plural graces or grace)

  1. Various (Christian) theological meanings, usually as an attribute of God:
    1. The grace of God; divine aid or beneficence.
    2. A gift or sign of God; a demonstration of divine power.
    3. guidance, direction (especially divine)
  2. luck, destiny (especially positive or beneficial)
  3. niceness, esteem, positive demeanour
  4. beneficence, goodwill, good intentions
  5. gracefulness, elegance; aptness, competence.
  6. A present; a helpful or kind act.
  7. relief, relenting, forgiveness
  8. A prayer, especially one preceding a meal.
  9. (rare) repute, credit
  10. (rare) misfortune, misadventure, doom
  11. (rare, Late Middle English) unfairness, partisanship
Related terms
  • graceful
  • graceles
  • gracen
  • gracious
  • English: grace
  • Scots: grace
  • Yola: greash
  • “grāce, n.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2018-05-14.

Etymology 2

From Old English græs.



  1. Alternative form of gras

Old French

Alternative forms

  • gratia (10th century)


Borrowed from Latin grātia.


grace f (oblique plural graces, nominative singular grace, nominative plural graces)

  1. grace; favor
  2. grace; gracefulness; elegance


  • French: grâce
  • Middle English: grace, graz, crace, gras, grase
    • English: grace
    • Scots: grace
    • Yola: greash


  • Godefroy, Frédéric, Dictionnaire de l’ancienne langue française et de tous ses dialectes du IXe au XVe siècle (1881) (grace, supplement)
  • grace on the Anglo-Norman On-Line Hub



From Middle English semelynes, semlynesse, equivalent to seemly +‎ -ness.


seemliness (countable and uncountable, plural seemlinesses)

  1. (uncountable) The property of being seemly, appropriateness of conduct or behavior.
    • 1919, W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, ch. 10
      Her black dress, simple to austerity, suggested her bereaved condition, and I was innocently astonished that notwithstanding a real emotion she was able to dress the part she had to play according to her notions of seemliness.
  2. (countable) The result or product of being seemly.


  • unseemliness



  • semilenses

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