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lapse from grace

1. noun An instance in which acts or lives immorally, thus causing them to fall out of favor with God. My pastor said God will always forgive a lapse from grace if you truly repent.
2. noun An instance in which one does something that tarnishes one's reputation, causing one to fall out of favor with someone, such as the public. That actor had a catastrophic lapse from grace after his racially-charged tirade on social media. After my lapse from grace with my previous employers, I decided to set out on my own and begin my own company.
3. verb To fall out of favor with God or the church, typically due to acting or living immorally. Many a virtuous man and woman to lapse from grace in the pursuit of wealth and material success. The archbishop lashed out at priests who have lapsed from grace and besmirched the dignity of the church.
4. verb To fall out of favor, typically due to having done something that tarnishes one's reputation. Once an icon of the pop-music world, the singer lapsed from grace following a string of run-ins with the police.
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lapse into (something)

To fall into some state or condition. John lapsed into a severe depression after being fired from his job. She survived the emergency surgery, but lapsed into a coma shortly thereafter.
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lapse from grace

1. Lit. to fall out of favor with God. The child was told that if he ever smoked even one cigarette, he would lapse from grace for certain. It is easy, these days, to lapse from grace.
2. Fig. to fall out of favor. Ted lapsed from grace when he left the lobby door unlocked all weekend. I have to be there on time every day or I will lapse from grace for sure.
See also: grace, lapse

lapse into something

to weaken or slip into something, especially a coma. The survivor of the crash lapsed into a coma. Aunt Mary lapsed into unconsciousness and died.
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Because the effective date is before the beginning of the lapse in authorization, and all is received within 10 days of that date, the policy may be issued with an effective date of Dec.
1 of the Code, save that it reserves the right, with the consent of the Takeover Panel, to approach Sweett with respect to a possible offer in the event that Currie and Brown's offer for Sweett is withdrawn, lapses or does not otherwise complete.
This is not a complete list of LTC consumer protections, but, rather, a list of protections that specifically help protect the policy from unintended lapse or the insured from loss of benefits.
In German long-term health insurance contracts, reimbursement of costs charged by physicians and other medical services is contractually fixed until death, lapse, or tariff switch by the policyholder.
The new regulation means that your right to reside in Denmark will lapse if you participate in activities that threaten, or have the potential to threaten, national security, the public order or the security of other states.
As companies were trying to conserve as much of their term business at adequate margins as possible, policyowners can be expected to make the logical, if not obvious, decision to either let their policies lapse, convert to permanent insurance or continue on with the coverage for at least a limited time period.
There is a large range of results from company to company for both mortality and lapse.
They'll look embarrassed, shuffle their feet a bit and say that they used to be certified, but let it lapse.
When 10 to 20 memberships lapse each month throughout the year, the loss of revenue is significant.
But if you lapse your coverage, no insurer is responsible for your past deeds.
The purpose of this study is to determine whether factors influencing the lapse rates on ordinary life insurance products can be identified and their importance statistically assessed.
We first present our literature review and definition of ethical lapse.
2601-1(b)(1)(i) was amended to further provide that the grandfathering rules do not apply to a transfer of property pursuant to the exercise, release or lapse of a GPA treated as a taxable transfer for gift or estate tax purposes; such a transfer is treated as made by the person holding the power when the exercise, release or lapse becomes effective, and is not considered a "transfer under a trust" irrevocable on Sept.
In other instances, people may suddenly lapse into respiratory arrest and linger in a comatose state for a prolonged period of time causing medical complications, which ultimately lead to death.