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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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The lines from the corners of his mouth seemed graven into his face.
The words and events of that evening must have been graven as if with a steel tool on Mr.
Take this rifle, and pouch, and horn, and send them to the person, whose name is graven on the plates of the stock,--a trader cut the letters with his knife,--for it is long, that I have intended to send him such a token of my love.
I paid a man in the settlements to make and put a graven stone at the head of my father's resting place.
No, no, the gun must be sent to him, whose name is graven on the lock
He looked a weather-beaten hard- featured man, of about six or eight and fifty; with deep lines graven as it were into his face, dark hair, and a stern, keen eye.
If so, a more undeniable guarantee could not be given,' said Mrs General to Mr Dorrit, raising her gloves and bowing her head, as if she were doing homage to some visible graven image.
Shunning the tombs, it crept about the mounds, beneath which slept poor humble men: twining for them the first wreaths they had ever won, but wreaths less liable to wither and far more lasting in their kind, than some which were graven deep in stone and marble, and told in pompous terms of virtues meekly hidden for many a year, and only revealed at last to executors and mourning legatees.
Graven stated that Brown-Forman was created in 1870, has 1,300 employees in the state, and uses brands such as Woodford Reserve, Old Forester and Early Times to bring a positive image of Kentucky to the United States and 140 foreign countries where the company does business.
James, MD of James Graven & Sons, which has five Cambridgeshire stores, said 2010 would be a "turning point" for shoppers as far as awareness of their carbon footprint went.
The list of commands itself bears this out: At least four of the decrees deal with specific matters of faith, admonishing believers to spurn false gods, reject graven images, avoid blasphemous speech and keep the Sabbath holy.
Lilywhite supporters will be relieved to see Anthony Rainbow after a three-month suspension, Karl O'Dwyer and dead-ball specialist Padraig Graven restored to the full-forward line, and Martin Lynch given the responsibility of making things happen in midfield.