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grave 1

a. An excavation for the interment of a corpse.
b. A place of burial.
2. Death or extinction: faced the grave with calm resignation.

[Middle English, from Old English græf; see ghrebh- in Indo-European roots.]

grave 2

adj. grav·er, grav·est
1. Requiring serious thought; momentous: a grave decision in a time of crisis.
2. Fraught with danger or harm: a grave wound.
3. Dignified and somber in conduct or character: a grave procession. See Synonyms at serious.
4. Somber or dark in hue.
5. (also gräv) Linguistics
a. Written with or modified by the mark ( ` ), as the è in Sèvres.
b. Of or referring to a phonetic feature that distinguishes sounds produced at the periphery of the vocal tract, as in labial and velar consonants and back vowels.
n. (also gräv)

[French, from Old French, from Latin gravis; see gwerə- in Indo-European roots.]

grave′ly adv.
grave′ness n.

grave 3

tr.v. graved, grav·en (grā′vən) or graved, grav·ing, graves
1. To sculpt or carve; engrave.
2. To stamp or impress deeply; fix permanently.

[Middle English graven, from Old English grafan; see ghrebh- in Indo-European roots.]

grave 4

tr.v. graved, grav·ing, graves
To clean and coat (the bottom of a wooden ship) with pitch.

[Middle English graven.]

gra·ve 5

adv. & adj. Music
In a slow and solemn manner. Used chiefly as a direction.

[Italian, from Latin gravis, heavy; see grave2.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.graveness - a manner that is serious and solemn
serious-mindedness, earnestness, seriousness, sincerity - the trait of being serious; "a lack of solemnity is not necessarily a lack of seriousness"- Robert Rice
stodginess, stuffiness - dull and pompous gravity
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1. The condition of being grave and of involving serious consequences:
2. High seriousness of manner or bearing:
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[ˈgreɪvnɪs] Ngravedad f
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[ˈgreɪvnɪs] ngravità, serietà
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This link between the severity of the genetic abnormality and the disease activity and refractoriness in the animal models clearly opens the possibility that the graveness of immune response abnormality is indeed an epiphenomenon representing the intensity of cellular dysfunction, and also the degree of cellular annoyance escalated as a chronic inflammatory response, which will prime a reactive immune response; this connection has been also explained in our previous paper [36].
But even in this the party was a bit cautious by not spelling out a firm line of action to be taken against Gaikwad and on the question why he had been treated rather leniently considering the graveness of his act.
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The differences between the UAE and Saudi Arabia in Yemen have increased in recent months to such levels of graveness that Emirati fighter jets targeted the positions of pro-Saudi camp in al-Hawtah city in Lahij province.
"The government is fully aware of the seriousness and graveness of the recent incident in Okinawa; and considering the feelings of the people, Prime Minister Abe will seek strict measures from President Obama," said Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.
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Two days later, after she has vanished into the swamps with David, Gordon continues to hover around this spot, feeling about him "like an odor that young hard graveness of hers," she who "gone, was as a pipe blown thinly and far away, as a remembered surf on a rocky coast at dawn" (187).
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