"dei gratia (d.g.)" (Latin)

by Craig Shrives

What does the Latin term dei gratia (d.g.) mean?

"Dei gratia" is a Latin term that means "by the grace of God." It is often abbreviated as "D.G." or "d.g." and is used to indicate that a person holds a position or possesses a title as a result of divine favor or God's grace.

Examples in Sentences

Here are three example sentences using the term "dei gratia":
  • Queen Elizabeth II is referred to as "Elizabeth II, by the grace of God, Queen of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms" (or "Elizabeth II, dei gratia, Regina United Kingdom et al." in Latin).
  • The coins of certain countries bear the inscription "D.G." (for "Dei Gratia") to acknowledge the monarch's authority as ordained by divine favor.
  • In historical documents, you may come across titles such as "Emperor dei gratia" or "King dei gratia," emphasizing the divine legitimacy of the ruler's position.
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