Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In a grave or serious manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a grave manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a grave manner; soberly; seriously.
  • See gravelly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a grave and sober manner
  • adv. to a severe or serious degree

Etymologies

grave +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Well, today at mass, last night in a speech to U.S. bishops, and even on the plane en route to Washington, the pope has faced up to what he calls the gravely immoral sexual abuse of children by priests.

    CNN Transcript Apr 17, 2008

  • His father, Prince Abdulaziz, looked on gravely from the public gallery.

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  • Fortunately there is another side to that virtue which the German Kaiser used to call obstinacy (laughter); but it is only in gravely difficult situations that the indomitable, courageous obstinacy of our race is wont to assert itself.

    Difficulties and Opportunities of the British Empire

  • Then rising, she walked proudly and gravely from the hall.

    This Country of Ours: The Story of the United States

  • Mr. Bassett had spoken the name gravely, and their eyes met again in lingering contact.

    A Hoosier Chronicle

  • His voice was kindly, and his expression gravely sympathetic, and Hermione could not read the amused tolerance lurking behind the mask of those keen eyes.

    One Wonderful Night A Romance of New York

  • When she did, she mentioned his name gravely, as one speaks of dead persons who have been dear, but that was all.

    Adam Johnstone's Son

  • And from that day he was no more called bare Wagtail, but Mr. Wagtail, much to the amusement of visitors, who, hearing the name gravely uttered, as it soon came to be, saw the owner of it approach on all fours, with a tireless pendulum in his rear.

    The Vicar's Daughter

  • Obama was resuming his campaign in Nevada on Saturday with rallies in Reno and Las Vegas before holding one at night in Albuquerque, N.M. The Democrat put aside political events on Thursday night and Friday to spend time with his grandmother in Hawaii, whom he described as gravely ill.

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  • Obama was resuming his campaign in Nevada on Saturday with rallies in Reno and Las Vegas before holding one at night in Albuquerque, N.M. The Democrat put aside political events Thursday night and Friday to spend time with his grandmother in Hawaii, whom he described as gravely ill.

    Macleans.ca

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