Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun saving_grace

2 senses of saving grace

Sense 1
grace, saving grace, state of grace -- ((Christian theology) a state of sanctification by God; the state of one who is under such divine influence; "the conception of grace developed alongside the conception of sin"; "it was debated whether saving grace could be obtained outside the membership of the church"; "the Virgin lived in a state of grace")
       => state -- (the way something is with respect to its main attributes; "the current state of knowledge"; "his state of health"; "in a weak financial state")

Sense 2
saving grace -- (a redeeming quality or characteristic; "her love of music remains her one saving grace"; "her sense of humor has to be a saving grace"; "the saving grace for both developments is that they are creating jobs")
       => characteristic -- (a distinguishing quality)

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