ETYM Latin apologia, Greek; apo from + logos speech: cf. French apologie. Related to Apologetic.
1. A formal written defense of something one believes in strongly; SYN. apologia.
2. A poor example.
3. An expression of regret at having caused trouble for someone.
ETYM French grâce, Latin gratia, from gratus beloved, dear, agreeable; Skr. hary to desire, and Eng. yearn. Related to Grateful, Gratis.
(religion) In Christianity and Sikhism, a free or unmerited gift or privilege bestowed by God, whose favor, or revealing of himself, cannot be earned or attained by human efforts. In Christian thinking, grace also stands for God's presence in human history. In the Orthodox Church it refers to human participation in the divine life, whereas the Western church understands it more in terms of the power to heal humanity from its defects.
1. A disposition to kindness and compassion; benign good will; SYN. good will, goodwill.
2. A short prayer of thanks before a meal; SYN. blessing, thanksgiving.
3. A state of sanctification by God; SYN. state of grace.
4. Elegance and beauty of movement or expression; SYN. gracility.
5. Free and unmerited favor or beneficence of God.
ETYM Old Eng. plee, plai, plait, from Old Fren. plait, plaid, plet, Late Lat. placitum judgment, decision, assembly, court, from Latin placitum that which is pleasing, an opinion, sentiment, from placere to please. Related to Please, Placit, Plead.
1. An answer indicating why a suit should be dismissed.
2. (Law) A defendant's answer by a factual matter (as distinguished from a demurrer).