[ adverb ] in a grave and sober manner


soberly staidly


"he walked soberly toward the altar"

Used in print

(Chicago Daily Tribune...)

Directed by Grigory_Kozintsev in a tempo that is studiously slow , he develops a sense of a high tradition shining brightly and passing gravely through an impious world .

(Irving Stone, The Agony and the Ecstasy....)

When Michelangelo explained why he had come , Rabbi_Melzi replied gravely :

(Ann Hebson, The Lattimer Legend....)

Kate greeted him gravely , uneasy with misgivings at his visit .

Related terms

grave grave sedate grave sedate

[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 7486
[ adverb ] to a severe or serious degree


"fingers so badly frozen they had to be amputated" "badly injured" "a severely impaired heart" "is gravely ill" "was seriously ill"