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grave
used in A Streetcar Named Desire

5 uses
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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
  • Suddenly his effusive manner collapses, as she stares at him gravely.
    2.2 — Act 2 Scene 2 (14% in)
gravely = in a serious and solemn manner

(editor's note:  Effusive is a synonym for gushing—unrestrained and enthusiastic expression of happiness or approval.)
  • Stella I Stella [who has listened gravely to Blanche]: Stanley I Blanche: Stell, I — [But Stella has gone to the front door.
    3.4 — Act 3 Scene 4 (95% in)
  • [Blanche looks at him gravely; then she bursts into laughter and then claps a hand to her mouth,] Mitch: Are you laughing at me?
    3.6 — Act 3 Scene 6 (22% in)

There are no more uses of "grave" flagged with this meaning in A Streetcar Named Desire.

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?  —2 uses
exact meaning not specified
  • The gravity of their profession is exaggerated — the unmistakable aura of the state institution with its cynical detachment.
    3.11 — Act 3 Scene 11 (43% in)
  • Chance: I wish you would give me one reason why I shouldn't come back to visit the grave of my mother and pick out a monument for her, and share my happiness with a girl that I've loved many years.
    2.2 — Act 2 Scene 2 (53% in)

There are no more uses of "grave" in A Streetcar Named Desire.

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