Fall from grace

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Fall from grace is an idiom that has been in use for hundreds of years. We will examine the meaning of the idiom fall from grace, where it came from, and some examples of its use in sentences.

To fall from grace means to fall out of favor, to lose prestige, authority, or respect. The idiom fall from grace is used to describe the Biblical story where Adam and Eve are expelled from Paradise, but more often, the term fall from grace is used to describe everyday situations in which someone loses his rank, prestige, or authority. The expression fall from grace is derived from a passage in the Bible, Galatians 5:4: “Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.” Related phrases are falls from grace, fell from grace, fallen from grace, falling from grace.


Is U.S. Bancorp The New Poster Child For The U.S. Banking Industry After Wells Fargo’s Fall From Grace? (Forbes Magazine)

His fall from grace has given many supporters cause to ponder the old maxim that no person who lives in a glass house should be so keen to throw stones. (The Toronto Sun)

Poverty is a key reason for Macri’s fall from grace. (Reuters)

If only that tidbit had been in the movie, maybe Merlot wouldn’t have suffered a fall from grace. (The Stockton Record)

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