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grave
used in Persuasion

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1  —3 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
  • He began by speaking of the concert gravely, more like the Captain Wentworth of Uppercross; owned himself disappointed, had expected singing; and in short, must confess that he should not be sorry when it was over.
    Chapter 20 (90% in)
  • "I have been a good deal acquainted with him," replied Mrs Smith, gravely, "but it seems worn out now.
    Chapter 21 (13% in)
  • "I have not seen Mr Elliot these three years," was Mrs Smith's answer, given so gravely that it was impossible to pursue the subject farther; and Anne felt that she had gained nothing but an increase of curiosity.
    Chapter 21 (32% in)

There are no more uses of "grave" flagged with this meaning in Persuasion.

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exact meaning not specified
  • He saw her too; yet he looked grave, and seemed irresolute, and only by very slow degrees came at last near enough to speak to her.
    Chapter 20 (88% in)
  • ...he came and had examined the child, their apprehensions were the worse for being vague; they suspected great injury, but knew not where; but now the collar-bone was soon replaced, and though Mr Robinson felt and felt, and rubbed, and looked grave, and spoke low words both to the father and the aunt, still they were all to hope the best, and to be able to part and eat their dinner in tolerable ease of mind; and then it was, just before they parted, that the two young aunts were able so...
    Chapter 7 (12% in)
  • He had even refused one regular invitation to dinner; and having been found on the occasion by Mr Musgrove with some large books before him, Mr and Mrs Musgrove were sure all could not be right, and talked, with grave faces, of his studying himself to death.
    Chapter 10 (8% in)

There are no more uses of "grave" in Persuasion.

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