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  • adv. in a sober manner

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Grave; serious; solemn; sad.
  • adv. In a sober manner; temperately; cooly; calmly; gravely; seriously.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Sober; solemn; sad.
  • In a sober manner, or with a sober appearance, in any sense of the word sober.

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

  • adv. in a grave and sober manner


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  • Therefore, little Amelia went to school during the spring term soberly clad as ever, and even on the festive last day wore nothing better than a new blue gingham, made too long, to allow for shrinkage, and new blue hair-ribbons.

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  • I cannot say how many people were killed but I think the word soberly is worth noting.

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  • Perhaps if the hassles and stressors occurred at the beginning of wedlock instead of the end, people might enter into it more soberly, that is, with more caution and understanding that it is a legal agreement not unlike that of a business partnership.

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  • But, on the other hand, we should think soberly, that is, we must have a low and modest opinion of ourselves and our own abilities, our gifts and graces, according to what we have received from God, and not otherwise.

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  • “All right,” Eir said soberly, “maybe there are no warriors here.”

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  • '' It's the only answer for me to secure our way of life right now, '' he said soberly, noting that the 21st century GI bill means that he can pass college benefits along to his 18-year-old son.

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  • But that, alas, is material for a historical novel, not a sober history, and Ms. Foot sticks soberly to what is known, or at least what we think we know.

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  • Here the moviegoer sticks sourly and soberly in his or her demographic bracket, and the films of writer-directors Nora Ephron and Nancy Meyers are dismissed as “chick flicks.”

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  • The day after Hoffman and his group disrupted the Stock Exchange, the New York Times soberly reported the occurrence:

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  • More soberly, 45% of respondents said the U.S. is still in recession, and 13% said it was in depression.

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