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grave
used in War and Peace

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1  —9 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
  • "Au chef du gouvernement francais," said Dolgorukov, with grave satisfaction.
    Book Three — 1805 (54% in)
  • To each new arrival Anna Pavlovna said, "You have not yet seen my aunt," or "You do not know my aunt?" and very gravely conducted him or her to a little old lady, wearing large bows of ribbon in her cap, who had come sailing in from another room as soon as the guests began to arrive; and slowly turning her eyes from the visitor to her aunt, Anna Pavlovna mentioned each one's name and then left them.
    Book One — 1805 (5% in)
  • This hussar, with a grave face and without a smile or a change in the expression of his fixed eyes, watched the regimental commander's back and mimicked his every movement.
    Book Two — 1805 (6% in)
  • But at noon the adjutant of the regiment came into Rostov's and Denisov's dugout with a grave and serious face and regretfully showed them a paper addressed to Major Denisov from the regimental commander in which inquiries were made about yesterday's occurrence.
    Book Five — 1806-07 (77% in)
  • Having heard Rostov to the end, the general shook his head gravely.
    Book Five — 1806-07 (93% in)
  • But in these great endeavors we are gravely hampered by the political institutions of today.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (25% in)
  • "Yes, they worked all day and didn't play!" remarked the tall, round-faced peasant gravely, pointing with a significant wink at the dictionaries that were on the top.
    Book Ten — 1812 (40% in)
  • Natasha was calm, though a severe and grave expression had again settled on her face.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (29% in)
  • He would sit in his study with a grave air, reading—a task he first imposed upon himself as a duty, but which afterwards became a habit affording him a special kind of pleasure and a consciousness of being occupied with serious matters.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (51% in)

There are no more uses of "grave" flagged with this meaning in War and Peace.

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  • In practical matters Pierre unexpectedly felt within himself a center of gravity he had previously lacked.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (23% in)
  • He explained this to her with as much gravity as if she had asked him to do it.
    Book One — 1805 (14% in)
  • When he smiled, his grave, even rather gloomy, look was instantaneously replaced by another—a childlike, kindly, even rather silly look, which seemed to ask forgiveness.
    Book One — 1805 (16% in)
  • Natasha began consoling her, but her face showed that she understood all the gravity of her friend's trouble.
    Book One — 1805 (59% in)
  • "Colonel," he said, addressing Rostov's enemy with an air of gloomy gravity and glancing round at his comrades, "there is an order to stop and fire the bridge."
    Book Two — 1805 (37% in)
  • Kuragin is exquisite when he discusses politics—you should see his gravity!
    Book Two — 1805 (53% in)
  • "Kindly return to your posts," said the staff officer trying to preserve his gravity.
    Book Two — 1805 (68% in)
  • How good it would be to know where to seek for help in this life, and what to expect after it beyond the grave!
    Book Three — 1805 (99% in)
  • "I should not be doing my duty, Count," he said in timid tones, "and should not justify your confidence and the honor you have done me in choosing me for your second, if at this grave, this very grave, moment I did not tell you the whole truth.
    Book Four — 1806 (37% in)
  • "I should not be doing my duty, Count," he said in timid tones, "and should not justify your confidence and the honor you have done me in choosing me for your second, if at this grave, this very grave, moment I did not tell you the whole truth.
    Book Four — 1806 (37% in)
  • Dolokhov lowered his head to the snow, greedily bit at it, again raised his head, adjusted himself, drew in his legs and sat up, seeking a firm center of gravity.
    Book Four — 1806 (40% in)
  • She said she could lie down in her grave peacefully if that were accomplished.
    Book Seven — 1810-11 (61% in)
  • "A charming woman!" said Ilyin, with all the gravity of a boy of sixteen.
    Book Nine — 1812 (59% in)
  • I should be given a small room as a favor, the soldiers would violate my father's newly dug grave to steal his crosses and stars, they would tell me of their victories over the Russians, and would pretend to sympathize with my sorrow...." thought Princess Mary, not thinking her own thoughts but feeling bound to think like her father and her brother.
    Book Ten — 1812 (32% in)
  • They were not alarmed by the fact that Moscow had been abandoned by its inhabitants (grave as that fact seemed), but by the question how to tell the Emperor—without putting him in the terrible position of appearing ridiculous—that he had been awaiting the boyars so long in vain: that there were drunken mobs left in Moscow but no one else.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (47% in)
  • As with the physical law of gravity, their enormous mass drew the individual human atoms to itself.
    Book Thirteen — 1812 (98% in)
  • The writers of universal histories and of the history of culture are like people who, recognizing the defects of paper money, decide to substitute for it money made of metal that has not the specific gravity of gold.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (79% in)
  • A series of experiments and arguments proves to every man that he, as an object of observation, is subject to certain laws, and man submits to them and never resists the laws of gravity or impermeability once he has become acquainted with them.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (90% in)
  • When Newton enunciated the law of gravity he did not say that the sun or the earth had a property of attraction; he said that all bodies from the largest to the smallest have the property of attracting one another, that is, leaving aside the question of the cause of the movement of the bodies, he expressed the property common to all bodies from the infinitely large to the infinitely small.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (99% in)

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