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grave -- as in: Her manner was grave.
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  • She nodded her head gravely.
  • Then with a grave gesture he extended a hand towards the light and, smiling, opened it slowly to the gaze of his disciple.
  • The duties of the priest towards the Eucharist and towards the secrecy of the confessional seemed so grave to me that I wondered how anybody had ever found in himself the courage to undertake them; and I was not surprised when he told me that the fathers of the Church had written books as thick as the Post Office Directory and as closely printed as the law notices in the newspaper, elucidating all these intricate questions.
  • But Lenehan could well believe it; he nodded gravely.
  • "It happened that you were peloothered, Tom," said Mr. Cunningham gravely.
  • "True bill," said Mr. Kernan, equally gravely.
  • He enunciated the word and then drank gravely.
  • Freddy Malins, who had listened with his head perched sideways to hear her better, was still applauding when everyone else had ceased and talking animatedly to his mother who nodded her head gravely and slowly in acquiescence.

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  • Her smile disappeared as she suddenly realized the gravity of her situation.
  • It was the day of the funeral and she was in a grave mood.

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