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grave
used in Catch-22

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1  —5 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
  • I may be committing a very grave error.
    Chapter 1 — The Texan (65% in)
  • He hesitated gravely.
    Chapter 14 — Kid Sampson (10% in)
  • 'Is he?' teased the unregenerate old man, pinching his pointy jaw gravely in a parody of repentance.
    Chapter 23 — Natley's Old Man (64% in)
  • Milo nodded with spurious vim to indicate he still understood and then sat silent, ruminating gravely with troubled misgiving.
    Chapter 24 — Milo (75% in)
  • Men in uniform were screaming and running there too, or standing motionless in one spot, rooted in awe, like Sergeant Knight and Doc Daneeka as they gravely craned their heads upward and watched the guilty, banking, forlorn airplane with McWatt circle and circle slowly and climb.
    Chapter 30 — Dunbar (90% in)

There are no more uses of "grave" flagged with this meaning in Catch-22.

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exact meaning not specified
  • You know, just to keep that kid Nately's body spinning in his grave, ha, ha!
    Chapter 38 — Kid Sister (94% in)
  • Nately, sitting trancelike on the floor of the truck, held his grave young face in both hands and did not answer him.
    Chapter 12 — Bologna (2% in)
  • Major — de Coverley was a splendid, awe-inspiring, grave old man with a massive leonine head and an angry shock of wild white hair that raged like a blizzard around his stern, patriarchal face.
    Chapter 13 — Major De Coverley (3% in)
  • The colonel was still in grave peril.
    Chapter 21 — General Dreedle (7% in)
  • Milo gulped back a moan as he saw six uniformed pallbearers lift the plain pine coffin from the ambulance and set it gently down on the ground beside the yawning gash of the freshly dug grave.
    Chapter 24 — Milo (81% in)
  • To simulate gravity, feign grief and pretend supernatural intelligence of the hereafter in so fearsome and arcane a circumstance as death seemed the most criminal of offenses.
    Chapter 25 — The Chaplain (27% in)
  • They were indeed sending everyone overseas, even Lieutenant Scheisskopf, who had resisted the move with all the vigor and wisdom at his command and who reported for duty at General Peckem's office in a mood of grave discontent.
    Chapter 29 — Peckem (4% in)
  • Yossarian, blazing with rage and almost sobbing for revenge, hurled himself down into the crawlway and fought his way through against the dragging weight of gravity and inertia until he arrived at the main section and pulled himself up to the flight deck, to stand trembling behind McWatt in the pilot's seat.
    Chapter 30 — Dunbar (28% in)
  • He circled on tiptoe the grotesque debris and came near a doorway containing a crying soldier holding a saturated handkerchief to his mouth, supported as he sagged by two other soldiers waiting in grave impatience for the military ambulance that finally came clanging up with amber fog lights on and passed them by for an altercation on the next block between a civilian Italian with books and a slew of civilian policemen with armlocks and clubs.
    Chapter 39 — The Eternal City (68% in)
  • Yossarian smiled wryly at the futile and ridiculous cry for aid, then saw with a start that the words were ambiguous, realized with alarm that they were not, perhaps, intended as a call for police but as a heroic warning from the grave by a doomed friend to everyone who was not a policeman with a club and a gun and a mob of other policemen with clubs and guns to back him up.
    Chapter 39 — The Eternal City (71% in)

There are no more uses of "grave" in Catch-22.

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