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Noun: saving grace
  1. (Christian theology) a state of sanctification by God; the state of one who is under such divine influence
    "it was debated whether saving grace could be obtained outside the membership of the church";
    - grace, state of grace
  2. A redeeming quality or characteristic
    "her love of music remains her one saving grace"; "her sense of humour has to be a saving grace"; "the saving grace for both developments is that they are creating jobs"

Derived forms: saving graces

Type of: characteristic, state

Encyclopedia: Saving grace