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grave
used in Sense and Sensibility

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1  —6 uses as in:
Her manner was grave.
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
  • She liked him—in spite of his gravity and reserve, she beheld in him an object of interest.
    Chapter 10 (65% in)
gravity = seriousness
  • "Why, to be sure," said her husband, very gravely, "that would make great difference.
    Chapter 2 (28% in)
  • Her husband was a grave looking young man of five or six and twenty, with an air of more fashion and sense than his wife, but of less willingness to please or be pleased.
    Chapter 19 (68% in)
  • So do I.—He is such a charming man, that it is quite a pity he should be so grave and so dull.
    Chapter 20 (82% in)
  • "Yes," he replied gravely, "once I have.
    Chapter 31 (95% in)
  • "Another year or two may do much towards it," he gravely replied; "but however there is still a great deal to be done.
    Chapter 33 (68% in)

There are no more uses of "grave" flagged with this meaning in Sense and Sensibility.

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?  —17 uses
exact meaning not specified
  • Elinor, smiling at the grave and decisive importance of her brother's tone, calmly replied, "The lady, I suppose, has no choice in the affair."
    Chapter 41 (49% in)
  • But you look grave, Marianne; do you disapprove your sister's choice?"
    Chapter 3 (73% in)
  • He was silent and grave.
    Chapter 7 (66% in)
  • There was nothing in any of the party which could recommend them as companions to the Dashwoods; but the cold insipidity of Lady Middleton was so particularly repulsive, that in comparison of it the gravity of Colonel Brandon, and even the boisterous mirth of Sir John and his mother-in-law was interesting.
    Chapter 7 (73% in)
  • She is only grown a little more grave than she was.
    Chapter 17 (64% in)
  • "I have frequently detected myself in such kind of mistakes," said Elinor, "in a total misapprehension of character in some point or other: fancying people so much more gay or grave, or ingenious or stupid than they really are, and I can hardly tell why or in what the deception originated.
    Chapter 17 (72% in)
  • His gravity and thoughtfulness returned on him in their fullest extent—and he sat for some time silent and dull.
    Chapter 17 (99% in)
  • He was particularly grave the whole morning.
    Chapter 18 (67% in)
  • Marianne looked very grave and said nothing.
    Chapter 20 (16% in)
  • He looked more than usually grave, and though expressing satisfaction at finding Miss Dashwood alone, as if he had somewhat in particular to tell her, sat for some time without saying a word.
    Chapter 27 (72% in)
  • Mrs. Jennings was not struck by the same thought; for soon after his entrance, she walked across the room to the tea-table where Elinor presided, and whispered— "The Colonel looks as grave as ever you see.
    Chapter 30 (79% in)
  • I cannot remember the time when I did not love Eliza; and my affection for her, as we grew up, was such, as perhaps, judging from my present forlorn and cheerless gravity, you might think me incapable of having ever felt.
    Chapter 31 (42% in)
  • ...him that his exertion had produced an increase of good-will towards himself, and THESE gave Elinor hopes of its being farther augmented hereafter; but Mrs. Jennings, who knew nothing of all this, who knew only that the Colonel continued as grave as ever, and that she could neither prevail on him to make the offer himself, nor commission her to make it for him, began, at the end of two days, to think that, instead of Midsummer, they would not be married till Michaelmas, and by the end...
    Chapter 32 (62% in)
  • So upon that, he smirked, and simpered, and looked grave, and seemed to know something or other, and at last he said in a whisper, 'For fear any unpleasant report should reach the young ladies under your care as to their sister's indisposition, I think it advisable to say, that I believe there is no great reason for alarm; I hope Mrs. Dashwood will do very well.'
    Chapter 37 (7% in)
  • She saw nothing of the Willoughbys, nothing of Edward, and for some time nothing of anybody who could by any chance whether grave or gay, be interesting to her.
    Chapter 38 (16% in)
  • Elinor, while she waited in silence and immovable gravity, the conclusion of such folly, could not restrain her eyes from being fixed on him with a look that spoke all the contempt it excited.
    Chapter 41 (74% in)
  • Mrs. Jennings, who had been inclined from the first to think Marianne's complaint more serious than Elinor, now looked very grave on Mr. Harris's report, and confirming Charlotte's fears and caution, urged the necessity of her immediate removal with her infant; and Mr. Palmer, though treating their apprehensions as idle, found the anxiety and importunity of his wife too great to be withstood.
    Chapter 43 (7% in)

There are no more uses of "grave" in Sense and Sensibility.

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