nåd

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Swedish[edit]

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Noun[edit]

nåd c

  1. grace, an arbitrary act of goodness from a higher authority
    Jag känner dig vid namn, och du har funnit nåd för mina ögon.
    I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight. (Exodus 33:12)
    I sådant afseende och sedan vi häröfver inhämtat riksens ständers underdåniga utlåtande, hafve vi i nåder godt funnit, att det tillförene inrättade censorsämbetet numera alldeles bör upphöra
    In that respect and after we hereover obtained the humble opinion of the parliament, we have by grace found good, that the hitherto instituted censorship office now entirely should cease (Swedish Freedom of the press act, 1766)
  2. (your) honour, (your) lordship
    emedan då Eders Kejserliga Majestät och Deras Nåder vilja hafva ett rent, enfaldigt svar, så vill jag ock gifva ett, som hvarken har horn eller tänder
    Since your majesty and your lordships desire a simple reply, I will answer without horns or teeth. (Martin Luther: Reply to the Diet of Worms)

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Usage notes[edit]

"Nåder" is not only the plural, but "i nåder" is also an archaic case for "by grace", often used in historic royal resolutions.