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grave

(Important), adjective chief, consequential, essential, exigent, gravis, imperative, indispensable, pressing, serious, serius, substantial, tristis, urgent, weighty

grave

(Solemn), adjective cheerless, dolorous, grim, heavy, humorless, joyless, pensive, sad, serious, sober, somber, sorrowful, spiritless, uncheery, unlively
Associated concepts: grave consequences for illegal acts
See also: bleak, critical, crucial, deadly, dire, earnest, exigent, flagrant, gross, important, lamentable, major, momentous, solemn, urgent

GRAVE. A place where a dead body is interred.
     2. The violation of the grave, by taking up the dead body, or stealing the coffin or grave clothes, is a misdemeanor at common law. 1 Russ. on. Cr. 414. A singular case, illustrative of this subject, occurred in Louisiana. A son, who inherited a large estate from his mother, buried her with all her jewels, worth $2000; he then made a sale of all he inherited from his mother, for $30,000. After this, a thief broke the grave and stole the jewels, which, after his conviction, were left with the clerk of the court, to be delivered to the owner. The son claimed them, and so did the purchaser of the inheritance; it was held that the jewels, although buried with the mother, belonged to the son, and, that they passed to the purchaser by a sale of the whole inheritance. 6 Robins. L. R. 488. See Dead Body.
     3. In New York, by statutory enactment, it is provided, that every person who shall open a grave, or other place of interment, with intent, 1. To remove the dead body of any human being, for the purpose of selling the same, or for the purpose of dissection; or, 2. To steal the coffin, or any part thereof, or the vestments or other articles interred with any dead body, shall, upon conviction, be punished by imprisonment, in a state prison, not exceeding two years, or in a county gaol, not exceeding six months, or by fine not, exceeding two hundred and fifty dollars, or by both such fine and imprisonment. Rev. Stat. part 4, tit. 5, art. 3, Sec. 15.

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In Jakarta, the phenomenon of disappearing graves, in public cemeteries at least, is causing even more grief to families who have lost their loved ones, and gravediggers and undertakers are offering ''new or secondhand'' graves for sale.
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When we were kids Ted brought us lucky bags I can't remember if Ted ever smoked "fags" The parties they had large gatherings and Ted's home brew I'm standing here and another gravedigger comes up too These men rally around our Ted's grave And keep it nice with flowers, Ted will be saved
Her elderly gravedigger is querulous, her young people are perky, and her male characters are believable.
According to the record books Frank Cook's career has included being a gravedigger, gardener, postman, brewery hand, schoolmaster, remedial teacher, a cost engineer and a project manager.
Or he reproduces the minute descriptions of the wardrobes of the weaver Mangold, who wore a respectable brown coat, and the gravedigger Laichinger, who wore a more modest gray one, but who, along with his wife, had some items in festive red that suggested a certain disregard of formal convention.
The story is glimpsed as a shifting fabric, with, for example, Ophelia identified with Gertrude, and the Gravedigger and Yorick conceived as one character.
The second and third generations--a plumber, a custodian, a department store manager, a gravedigger, and a state university student--watch as such policies divert resources, moral legitimacy, and political energy from a Democratic Party that once would have been worthy of their support.
This after introducing vehicles with intimidating names like Bigfoot, Gravedigger, Snakebite, Predator, and Carolina Crusher (the last one being a Chevy with the slogan "Have you driven over a Ford lately?
Gravedigger Abu Bilal said: "Death is tough but I can't act normal when I bury a child killed by an Israeli missile.
It seems only natural that the funeral directors would want to sponsor some of the beers when they have great names like Gravedigger.
A local daily quoting a gravedigger in its report said that Indian police personnel brought the girl in a vehicle and handed her over to the gravedigger for burial, KMS reported.