toggle menu
menu
vocabulary
1000+ books
Go to Book

grave
used in Lord of the Flies

8 uses
(click/touch triangles for details)
Definition
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
  • More grave nodding; they knew about nightmares.
    p. 36.6
grave = serious and solemn
  • Murmur; and the grave nodding of heads.
    p. 36.2
  • grave = serious and solemn
  • There was no laughter at all now and more grave watching.
    p. 36.8
  • grave = serious and solemn
  • "Altos, you can keep the fire going this week, and trebles the next—" The assembly assented gravely.
    p. 43.2
  • gravely = in a serious and solemn manner
  • Roger understood and nodded gravely. [as Jack explained that he put clay on his face so he wouldn't be seen while hunting]
    p. 63.4
  • gravely = in a serious and solemn manner
  • First went Ralph, the white conch cradled, then Piggy very grave, then the twins, then the littluns and the others.
    p. 141.7
  • grave = serious and solemn
  • "But the—" They were regarding him gravely, not yet troubled by any doubts about his sufficiency.
    p. 141.9
  • gravely = in a serious and solemn manner
  • Roger looked at him gravely.
    p. 182.2
gravely = in a serious and solemn manner
There are no more uses of "grave" in Lord of the Flies.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
Dictionary / pronunciation — Google®Dictionary list — Onelook.com®