fall from grace
fall from grace
also, fall from favor
Meaning | Synonyms
- to lose status, respect or prestige
- a loss of support or a rank of authority or honour
- used to describe the transition of the first man and woman from a state of innocent obedience to God to a state of guilty disobedience
- backsliding; fall from favour; lapse; original sin
- The Economic and Finance minister's fall from grace gave her detractors great satisfaction.
- He was the best president we had ever had, until his fall from grace.
- His hatred of Abigail must have stemmed from her complicity in his fall from grace.
- Her fall from grace has begun.
- My sister is suffering a fall from grace since of her unsocial activities.
- No one had expected such "a dramatic fall from grace" of highly reputed company.
- 3 years after her fall from grace, the girl who wanted to be an actress - she ended up being an assistant of the producer.
This phrase was first used in Galatians 5:4 (King James Version), when Paul was warning against mixing law and the Gospel to attain justification. He says to those who let themselves be circumcised that they are "trying to be justified by law" and have therefore "been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace".
"Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace".
Then over the years, in literary and music circles, it has been used to describe the fall of man in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve have been described to have fallen out of Grace of the Most High.