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Saving grace   /sˈeɪvɪŋ greɪs/   Listen
Saving grace

(Christian theology) a state of sanctification by God; the state of one who is under such divine influence.  Synonyms: grace, state of grace.  "It was debated whether saving grace could be obtained outside the membership of the church" , "The Virgin lived in a state of grace"
A redeeming quality or characteristic.  "Her sense of humor has to be a saving grace" , "The saving grace for both developments is that they are creating jobs"

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"Saving grace" Quotes from Famous Books

... tossing in my hen-coop; then back once more. And I swear that my physical and mental torments, here in my bed, would have been incomparably greater than anything I had endured on the sea, but for the saving grace of one sweet thought. She lived! She lived! And the God who had taken care o me, a castaway, would surely deliver her also from the hands of murderers and thieves. But not through me—I lay weak and helpless—and ...
— Dead Men Tell No Tales • E. W. Hornung

... overstressing some one point. The classicists taught the saving grace of style, the need of restraint, balance, clearness, common sense. We should therefore not despise the necessary lesson which English literature learned from such teaching,—a lesson which has never ...
— Halleck's New English Literature • Reuben P. Halleck

... knowledge is not enough. Many a man knows the gospel precepts and promises by heart who is not touched by saving grace. Knowledge is often useless or positively harmful, and what we want is to know God's will and observe it. Even good resolutions are not enough. No doubt they are helpful in their way, but the Bible does not lead ...
— Sowing and Reaping • Dwight Moody

... Yea,—and no escape is possible! For lo, you yourself, Froeken Thelma," Dyceworthy started, "you yourself came hither unto my dwelling, a woman all unprotected, to a man equally unprotected,—and who, though a humble minister of saving grace, is not proof against the offered surrender of your charms! Make the best of it, my sweet girl!—make the best of it! You can never undo ...
— Thelma • Marie Corelli

... began to admire her, liked him much better, and even saw graceful, boyish attractions in him. There was really something childish about him. And this something childish, since it looked up to her as if she were the saving grace, naturally flattered her and made ...
— The Lost Girl • D. H. Lawrence

... more distant than the other tribes I had visited, a quality which is often a saving grace. They were very willing to be photographed, and among my subjects were three women of the nobility, called rajas, who had many coins sewn on their skirts in a way that looked quite well. One wore a ...
— Through Central Borneo: - An Account of Two Years' Travel in the Land of Head-Hunters - Between the Years 1913 and 1917 • Carl Lumholtz

Words linked to "Saving grace" :   state, characteristic, Christian theology

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