Let’s get hypergrace into the dictionary

The English language has about 200,000 words, yet one word is missing from the dictionary. That word is hypergrace.

Why don’t we change that? Why don’t we put hypergrace into the dictionary?

Hypergrace is an important word. It’s a unique word. It’s a word many of us love and many more of us have used. Consider these numbers:

  • books about hypergrace: 40 (Amazon)
  • videos on hypergrace: nearly 10,000 (Google)
  • articles on hypergrace: gazillions (Google)

A word that has gained so much traction ought to be officially recognized. Right?

Ten years ago, no one was talking about hypergrace. Now it has become a shibboleth for the Christian community. If you’ve heard about it, chances are you have an opinion about it.

Grace like snow

If the Eskimos have 20 words for snow, we ought to have at least one word to describe the extreme and radical grace of God. We need a word to capture what the Apostle Paul had in mind when writing about the abundance of God’s grace (literally super-grace) in Romans 5:17 or his abounding grace (literally hyper-super-grace) in Romans 5:20.

Abounding?! Is that the best we can do? God’s grace is so much more than that. At least it was when Paul wrote about it.

The grace of a limitless God is extreme, super-abounding, and over the top. His hypergrace exceeds your wildest dreams.

So why isn’t this word in the dictionary? Are we trying to minimize the grace of God? Are we embarrassed by the riches of his grace? Do we not want people to know how much God loves them and how amazing his grace really is?

Back in July I submitted “hypergrace” to the Oxford English Dictionary. So far I’ve heard nothing back. (I shared the story with patrons.) But this is the OED we’re talking about. They take years to make decisions.

Not so the Urban Dictionary. I submitted hypergrace on Monday and got an acceptance from the editors within 10 minutes. Check it out here, and give it some upvotes!

I have also submitted hypergrace to several other dictionaries where it is pending review. More on that below.

How to get a word into the dictionary

To submit a new word to a dictionary, you have to provide a simple definition of that word. You also have to show how the word can be used in a sentence. This is what I came up with:

Word: hypergrace

Definition (short): God’s super-abounding favor

Definition (long): The extreme favor of God that extends over, beyond, and above what you can conceive or imagine (source: The Hyper-Grace Gospel, p.12)

Use it in a sentence:

  • The cross of Jesus demonstrates the hypergrace of God.
  • The hypergrace gospel is the revelation of Jesus.
  • The hypergrace gospel says all the blessings of God come to us freely as gifts.

What do you think of my definition of hypergrace? Can you come up with a sharper one? Let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear your thoughts.

What next?

I have submitted hypergrace to six dictionaries. If you believe hypergrace should be in the dictionary, head on over to the following dictionaries and search for it. Words that get searched for get recognized.

If you can think of a dictionary I missed, feel free to submit the word yourself, then let me know about it below. I’ll add your dictionary to the list above.

The hypergrace of God was no secret to the Greek speakers of the New Testament, and it shouldn’t be a secret today. Let’s inject some good news into our language. Let’s encourage the guardians of our lexicons to embrace a big beautiful word that means so much to so many.

Spread the word.

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27 Comments on Let’s get hypergrace into the dictionary

  1. Hi Paul,
    It’s great that you are working towards having the word ‘Hypergrace’ included in dictionaries. Thank you!
    I do have one suggestion though. In defining the word, you have used the word ‘God’ which is really a very generic term, although ‘grace’ and ‘hypergrace’ are unique to the Christian faith. I believe it will help crystallize the message of grace and make this clear, by either using the word Jehovah or Christ in the definition. The reason I say this is – to Christians, ‘God’ points to the true God, Jehovah. But not so for people from other religions. I live among people of varied faiths and beliefs. I see people taking biblical concepts and changing the word ‘God’ and twisting them to make it sound like their ‘gods’ (they have millions) are wonderful, gracious, loving, forgiving and more. As a result, people who do not read their religious texts (that’s most people), think all Gods are wonderful, which is far from the truth. Hope this helps.

  2. Dave O'Brien // December 5, 2019 at 1:27 am // Reply

    Be sure to add 1 Tim 1:14

  3. I love this! Think I’d want to add the ‘extreme, unearned, and undeserved favor of God’ that extends over, above and beyond what you can conceive or imagine:)

    • I thought about including undeserved for a while, but decided against it as it’s redundant. Favor, by definition, is undeserved and unearned, otherwise it’s not favor. At the same time, I appreciate the value of emphasizing certain things, such as free grace. I do this all the time. But I thought the dictionary folks might not appreciate it.

      • Stephen Meek // December 5, 2019 at 3:35 pm //

        Paul Ellis – Perhaps it’s time to distance ourselves >[not divorce ourselves from the fact that grace is an important aspect of the journey with Jesus]< from the subject of grace. Does grace determine the gift that God actually is & second but less important to that that God has testified with respect to the Son coming on Earth… or the gift of by Faith or then to believe on Jesus or then to know that we are being saved in this life.

        And before all that (& grace here is never mentioned) we must be born-again Jn 3 or no one will be capable of seeing nor entering Jesus' Kingdom – let alone be able to determine what grace means. Thus: Turning the word grace in to g-r-a-c-e & adding a man-made saying from it's letters, does not make grace greater than the most important Doctrine: the one only Gospel – that being. the Teachings of Jesus. Jesus did not teach us in Mt28 to teach new Believers (the Saints) the nuances of what grace is.

      • That’s like asking the Top Gear presenters to distance themselves from cars! Check out the header at the top of this page and you will find this website is and will continue to be dedicated to the subject of grace.

    • I really like that!

  4. HYPER-GRACE: “Have you experience the grace of God and got emotional; like healing etc. I am sure you have.” We could that EMOTIONAL GRACE. So, why do so many get upset when you experience Hyper-emotional Grace?

  5. Amen to that!!! It is the most beautiful thing I have found in my whole life!!!! And who is HyperGrace………Jesus!!!
    Elaine Urie

  6. alltimeismine@aol.com // December 5, 2019 at 4:18 am // Reply

    This is GREAT! Many people wonder what hypergrace is all about. Now they can find out the truth — thanks to your very creative action. Way ta go, Paul!

  7. Marjorie Keenan // December 5, 2019 at 6:39 am // Reply

    Right on Paul! Love it!

  8. Jenny Beauchamp // December 5, 2019 at 10:36 am // Reply

    Hypergrace: Jesus, the abundant unconditional love and favor of God, the only God who died for the whole world!
    All other religions under the sun, have gods who want to be served and sacrificed to.

  9. Nice work Paul! You could also add this to Wiktionary.org

  10. Stella.Steven@shell.com // December 5, 2019 at 3:10 pm // Reply

    Hi Paul,

    I really thanks Our Lord Jesus Christ for you and the revelation that you so freely share. I have just voted and I am so amazed on the goodness of good for raising up man like you to proclaim the Gospel the way it was meant to be.

    Apostles Paul and John will be super proud of you. We love you very much and are constantly encouraged with your postings!

    God bless you and your family very much.

    Hugs from a sister in KL.

    p.s. if you ever pass by KL please let me know, my husband and I will be honored to bring you out for a meal.

    • Thank you for your kind invitation, Stella. As it happens, my wife, daughter, and I have just come from a Malaysian restaurant where we had a very tasty lunch. So your invitation is even more appealing than it might otherwise have been. Blessings to you and your husband from NZ.

  11. I searched each dictionary for hypergrace and all except Oxfords would let me. Then the upvote on Urban felt like a contribution to the Gospel spread! Good feeling to do these things; thank you.

    (I see even my auto type won’t accept it!)

    • Thanks Donna. I got this message from the peeps at Cambridge Dictionary yesterday: “The best way for us to know that a word is missing is if you enter it in our search field and do not get a result, as we monitor searches all the time.” So merely searching for the word helps.

  12. Timothy Matula // December 7, 2019 at 2:01 am // Reply

    Great posts, Paul. I appreciate you brother. All the promises in Christ are yes and amen. He has already said, “Yes.” Now we say,”Amen.” Our amen means so be it. We can’t earn righteousness, we can only live from it. So many wake up trying not to sin without realizing that “trying not to sin” is a work and therefore the law. We are no longer under the law for we are led by the Spirit and wherever His Spirit is there is freedom. When we make the tree good (see ourselves as righteous in Christ) then the fruit produced is good, It isn’t the Good News for no reason at all. To the human mind it really is too good to be true because in the this world we have to work for everything we get. However, in the spirit world everything He has is already ours (Prodigal Son) to manifest in this world. He has always been our righteousness because we are created in His image and likeness; Jehovah Tsidkenu (the Lord our righteousness).

  13. Hannelore Bozeman // December 7, 2019 at 5:58 am // Reply

    On a strictly grammatical note, I noticed that two of your three examples use “hypergrace” as an adjective, not as a noun (as in, “the hypergrace gospel.”) Shouldn’t it be “the gospel of hypergrace”? (I am not a native English speaker.) I would imagine that a dictionary would want to stick to the noun definition.

  14. Marjorie Keenan // December 7, 2019 at 9:07 am // Reply

    Stephen Meek Jesus is Grace. He is Grace personified. The Gospel of Jesus is the Gospel of Grace. You can’t separate the two.

    (Hebrews 8: 12-13) For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and iniquities I will remember no more. In that He saith, a New Covenant (Grace), He hath made the first old. (Covenant of Mosaic Law)

    The Covenant of Grace is the covenant through which God relates to us. (Gal. 2:21). I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die.

    The one true Gospel of Jesus is Grace.. unconditional love and favour! Apostle Paul warned not to teach any other.

  15. Simply unconditional LOVE
    Which is what does the true changing of. To recieve, Forgiven, and remain as forgiven, even if sin again as I have and not care to nor want to.
    I see no change could really begin until I started seeing this kindness given, not earned or had to be in good graces

    Romans 2:4. read from verse 1, after reading Chapter 1

    AS nothing can change what is done for us by God through Son. It Is Finished.

    As some have interpreted this Hyper-Grace as a License to sin. OKAY! go ahead, sin and sin and sin again, you free to do this. I bet it might only take about three months to see and decide it is no fun to sin as it is under Law to try to get away with it

    God just love you, you, you, and all people born of flesh and blood. It does take a willingness to want to do it to see the freedom given one, Galatians 6:9

    Hyper Grace is Unconditional Love that changes one from hamming others to not harming others
    In the Love received from God fist, 1 John 4:19. all else brings one into condemnation and or pride in doing or not doing a work that no man can be perfect in but one. Jesus himself the dividing line of Human History. Before the Cross and after the Cross in his risen Life given us to stand in by Faith Beleif no matter what

    Thanks, Yes Hyper-Grace would be great to be in the Dictionary

  16. Amazing! Amazing! Smazing!
    Of his fullness have we all received Hypergrace.
    The reason we are righteous, accepted and eternal!

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