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grave
used in The Witch of Blackbird Pond

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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
  • "A true witch will always float. The innocent ones just sink like a stone." He was obviously paying her back for the morning's humiliation. But she was surprised to see that John Holbrook was not at all amused. His solemn young face was even more grave than before.
    p. 13.8
grave = serious and solemn
  • The young man in the black hat was looking at her gravely, and all at once his lips twisted in spite of himself. A smile filled his eyes with such warmth and sympathy that a lump rose in Kit's throat, and she glanced away.
    p. 10.3
  • gravely = in a serious and solemn manner
  • He considered this gravely.
    p. 11.6
  • gravely = in a serious and solemn manner
  • "You are welcome, Katherine," he said gravely, and took her hand in his bony fingers.
    p. 32.3
  • gravely = in a serious and solemn manner
  • "I was glad to see you in Meeting," he said gravely, "you must have found the sermon uplifting."
    p. 56.1
  • gravely = in a serious and solemn manner
  • He was considering the matter gravely.
    p. 119.8
  • gravely = in a serious and solemn manner
  • "They illuminated his house," he told them gravely.
    p. 165.3
  • gravely = in a serious and solemn manner
  • Now the humming of the wheel barely slackened as she raised her eyes for one grave cool look.
    p. 227.5
  • grave = serious and solemn
  • He did not seem surprised, only gravely regretful.
    p. 230.6
  • gravely = in a serious and solemn manner
  • From across the room William watched them gravely, making no move.
    p. 232.5
gravely = in a serious and solemn manner
There are no more uses of "grave" in The Witch of Blackbird Pond.

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