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grave
used in The Souls of Black Folk

13 uses
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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
  • Thus he passed out of the preparatory school into college, and we who watched him felt four more years of change, which almost transformed the tall, grave man who bowed to us commencement morning.
    Chapter 13 (27% in)
  • Teach thinkers to think,—a needed knowledge in a day of loose and careless logic; and they whose lot is gravest must have the carefulest training to think aright.
    Chapter 5 (91% in)
  • He is six feet in height, with a sober face that smiles gravely.
    Chapter 7 (30% in)
  • The world loved him; the women kissed his curls, the men looked gravely into his wonderful eyes, and the children hovered and fluttered about him.
    Chapter 11 (62% in)
  • They reminded John of the sea, as he sat in the square and watched them, so changelessly changing, so bright and dark, so grave and gay.
    Chapter 13 (31% in)

There are no more uses of "grave" flagged with this meaning in The Souls of Black Folk.

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?  —8 uses
exact meaning not specified
  • Life treads on life, and heart on heart; We press too close in church and mart To keep a dream or grave apart.
    Chapter 9 (0% in)
  • No sooner was the work thus started, and the general system and local organization in some measure begun, than two grave difficulties appeared which changed largely the theory and outcome of Bureau work.
    Chapter 2 (39% in)
  • Finally, in consequence of grave intimations of wrong-doing made by the Secretary and his subordinates, General Howard was court-martialed in 1874.
    Chapter 2 (84% in)
  • ...of its life; and from the dawn of history, from Academus to Cambridge, the culture of the University has been the broad foundation-stone on which is built the kindergarten's A B C. But these builders did make a mistake in minimizing the gravity of the problem before them; in thinking it a matter of years and decades; in therefore building quickly and laying their foundation carelessly, and lowering the standard of knowing, until they had scattered haphazard through the South some...
    Chapter 5 (69% in)
  • "This land was a little Hell," said a ragged, brown, and grave-faced man to me.
    Chapter 7 (56% in)
  • He curtsied low, and then bowed almost to the ground, with an imperturbable gravity that seemed almost suspicious.
    Chapter 7 (83% in)
  • Like some grave shadow he flitted by those halls, pleading, arguing, half angrily demanding admittance, until there came the final NO: until men hustled the disturber away, marked him as foolish, unreasonable, and injudicious, a vain rebel against God's law.
    Chapter 12 (36% in)
  • He caught terrible colds lying on his back in the meadows of nights, trying to think out the solar system; he had grave doubts as to the ethics of the Fall of Rome, and strongly suspected the Germans of being thieves and rascals, despite his textbooks; he pondered long over every new Greek word, and wondered why this meant that and why it couldn't mean something else, and how it must have felt to think all things in Greek.
    Chapter 13 (24% in)

There are no more uses of "grave" in The Souls of Black Folk.

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