Pronounced /KAR iss/ (the "h" is silent), Charis was first used as a name by the Puritans in the 17th century in reference to the biblical virtue of charity (the other two biblical virtues are faith and hope). In Greek, it means "grace; kindness" and was the name of a minor ancient Greek mythological grace (the Graces were goddesses of charm, beauty, nature and so on). "Charis" is also sometimes used as a singluar form to refer to one of these goddesses.
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