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From Middle High German gnāde, genāde, from Old High German gināda, reconstructible as Proto-West Germanic *ganēþu; o-construct of a verb attested only in Gothic 𐌽𐌹𐌸𐌰𐌽 (niþan, to help). Compare Dutch genade, Old Saxon gināða, nāða.


  • IPA(key): /ˈɡnaːdə/
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  • Hyphenation: Gna‧de


Gnade f (genitive Gnade, plural Gnaden)

  1. (uncountable) grace, mercy, graciousness
    Er flehte um Gnade.
    He begged for mercy.
  2. (countable) a grace, an act of mercy or graciousness; something good that one cannot control or does not deserve
    Der Tod war eine Gnade für sie.
    Death was a grace for her.
  3. (law) pardon, clemency
    Gnadengesuchclemency plea
  4. (Christianity, often Zustand der Gnade) state of grace (the state of being redeemed by God such that one goes to Heaven if one dies in this state)
    Nach katholischer Lehre verlässt der Getaufte den Zustand der Gnade durch die Begehung einer Todsünde.
    According to Catholic teaching, a baptised person leaves the state of grace by committing a mortal sin.


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Further reading[edit]

  • Gnade” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • Gnade” in Duden online