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grave
used in Dracula

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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 have grave doubts.
    Chapter 27 (21% in)
grave = serious (important)
  • I tried to raise her up, and said, as gravely as I could, that I thanked her, but my duty was imperative, and that I must go.
    Chapter 1 (30% in)
  • gravely = solemnly (in a very serious manner)
  • He opened it and read it gravely.
    Chapter 2 (22% in)
  • gravely = solemnly (in a very serious manner)
  • He bowed gravely.
    Chapter 2 (48% in)
  • gravely = solemnly (in a very serious manner)
  • With a stately gravity, he, with the lamp, preceded me down the stairs and along the hall.
    Chapter 4 (70% in)
  • gravity = seriousness
  • I only told him that much, and then he stood up, and he looked very strong and very grave as he took both my hands in his and said he hoped I would be happy, and that If I ever wanted a friend I must count him one of my best.
    Chapter 5 (43% in)
  • grave = serious and solemn
  • Then he said that he had spoken in a light manner, and he hoped that if he had made a mistake in doing so on so grave, so momentous, and occasion for him, I would forgive him.
    Chapter 5 (60% in)
  • grave = serious (important)
  • She spoke her comment very gravely and somewhat severely.
    Chapter 6 (38% in)
  • gravely = solemnly (in a very serious manner)
  • Please, God, I shall never, never forget them, nor the grave and sweet responsibilities I have taken upon me.
    Chapter 9 (14% in)
  • grave = serious and solemn
  • He looked grave, but said, 'I have made careful examination, but there is no functional cause.'
    Chapter 9 (79% in)
  • grave = serious and solemn
  • Then he went on gravely, "You were always a careful student, and your case book was ever more full than the rest."
    Chapter 10 (11% in)
  • gravely = solemnly (in a very serious manner)
  • When I described Lucy's symptoms, the same as before, but infinitely more marked, he looked very grave, but said nothing.
    Chapter 10 (13% in)
  • grave = serious and solemn
  • I have grave reasons.
    Chapter 10 (83% in)
  • grave = serious (important)
  • But it is here that the grave shock that he experienced tells upon him the most.
    Chapter 12 (74% in)
  • grave = serious
  • He turned to me, and said with grave solemnity, "Not so, alas!"
    Chapter 12 (**% in)
  • grave = very serious
  • The Professor looked sternly grave.
    Chapter 13 (11% in)
  • grave = serious and solemn
  • He answered with a grave kindness, "I know it was hard for you to quite trust me then, for to trust such violence needs to understand, and I take it that you do not, that you cannot, trust me now, for you do not yet understand."
    Chapter 13 (46% in)
  • grave = serious and solemn
  • Then when his face grew grave and stern again I asked him why his mirth, and why at such a time.
    Chapter 13 (76% in)
  • grave = serious and solemn
  • He began by saying that he hoped we would all come with him too, "for," he said, "there is a grave duty to be done there."
    Chapter 15 (77% in)
  • grave = serious (important)
  • Then, turning to the other two, he said with intense gravity, "I want your permission to do what I think good this night."
    Chapter 15 (80% in)
  • gravity = seriousness and importance (weightiness)
  • Van Helsing rose up from where he had all the time been seated, and said, gravely and sternly, "My Lord Godalming, I too, have a duty to do, a duty to others, a duty to you, a duty to the dead, and by God, I shall do it!"
    Chapter 15 (94% in)
  • gravely = solemnly (in a very serious manner)
  • He said this with a very grave, sweet pride, and Arthur was much affected by it.
    Chapter 15 (99% in)
  • grave = serious and solemn
  • "What is here told," he laid his hand heavily and gravely on the packet of papers as he spoke, "may be the beginning of the end to you and me and many another, or it may sound the knell of the UnDead who walk the earth."
    Chapter 17 (4% in)
  • gravely = solemnly (in a very serious manner)
  • I asked, for some grave, terrible feeling was coming over me.
    Chapter 17 (16% in)
  • grave = serious (important)
  • She laid her hand on mine and said very gravely, "Ah, but they must!"
    Chapter 17 (30% in)
  • gravely = solemnly (in a very serious manner)
  • The Professor read it over gravely, and handed it back, saying, "It need not go in if you do not wish it, but I pray that it may."
    Chapter 18 (25% in)
  • gravely = solemnly (in a very serious manner)
  • It was to be taken as gravely, and in as businesslike a way, as any other transaction of life.
    Chapter 18 (40% in)
  • gravely = seriously
  • I thought it better to wait, however, before making so grave a statement, for of old I knew the sudden changes to which this particular patient was liable.
    Chapter 18 (82% in)
  • grave = serious (important)
  • I thought it was now time to end the scene, which was becoming too comically grave, so I went towards the door, simply saying, "Come, my friends, we have work to do."
    Chapter 18 (92% in)
  • grave = serious and solemn
  • The Professor stepped over, and laying his hand on his shoulder, said in his grave, kindly way, "Friend John, have no fear."
    Chapter 19 (8% in)
  • grave = serious and solemn
  • He grew very grave, and after thinking the matter over for a while asked me to take him to Renfield.
    Chapter 20 (87% in)
  • grave = serious
  • Then Van Helsing said in a quiet grave tone, "Tell us your dream, Mr. Renfield."
    Chapter 21 (22% in)
  • grave = serious and solemn
  • Van Helsing said gravely, "Go on, friend Arthur."
    Chapter 21 (74% in)
  • gravely = solemnly (in a very serious manner)
  • When Dr. Van Helsing and Dr. Seward had come back from seeing poor Renfield, we went gravely into what was to be done.
    Chapter 22 (4% in)
  • gravely = solemnly (in a very serious manner)
  • Then Van Helsing turned and said gravely.
    Chapter 22 (65% in)
  • gravely = solemnly (in a very serious manner)
  • So gravely that I could not help feeling that he was in some way inspired, and was stating things outside himself.
    Chapter 22 (65% in)
  • gravely = solemnly (seriously)
  • He looked at her gravely for a minute and then said sorrowfully, "Because my dear, dear Madam Mina, now more than ever must we find him even if we have to follow him to the jaws of Hell!"
    Chapter 23 (99% in)
  • gravely = solemnly (in a very serious manner)
  • Even now, when I am gravely revolving the matter, it is almost impossible to realize that the cause of all our trouble is still existent.
    Chapter 24 (52% in)
  • gravely = solemnly (in a very serious manner)
  • Dr. Van Helsing said gravely, "Madam Mina, you are, as always, most wise."
    Chapter 24 (89% in)
  • gravely = solemnly (in a very serious manner)
  • But Van Helsing and I, turning to each other, met each a grave and troubled glance.
    Chapter 25 (69% in)
  • grave = serious and solemn
  • He looked over them gravely, his face brightening up as he read.
    Chapter 25 (77% in)
gravely = solemnly (in a very serious manner)
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