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 for Gravest.
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Grave \Grave\, a. [Compar. Graver (gr[=a]v"[~e]r); superl.
     Gravest.] [F., fr. L. gravis heavy; cf. It. & Sp. grave
     heavy, grave. See Grief.]
     1. Of great weight; heavy; ponderous. [Obs.]
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              His shield grave and great.           --Chapman.
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     2. Of importance; momentous; weighty; influential; sedate;
        serious; -- said of character, relations, etc.; as, grave
        deportment, character, influence, etc.
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              Most potent, grave, and reverend seigniors. --Shak.
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              A grave and prudent law, full of moral equity.
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     3. Not light or gay; solemn; sober; plain; as, a grave color;
        a grave face.
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     4. (Mus.)
        (a) Not acute or sharp; low; deep; -- said of sound; as, a
            grave note or key.
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                  The thicker the cord or string, the more grave
                  is the note or tone.              --Moore
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        (b) Slow and solemn in movement.
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     Grave accent. (Pron.) See the Note under Accent, n., 2.
     Syn: Solemn; sober; serious; sage; staid; demure; thoughtful;
          sedate; weighty; momentous; important.
     Usage: Grave, Sober, Serious, Solemn. Sober supposes
            the absence of all exhilaration of spirits, and is
            opposed to gay or flighty; as, sober thought. Serious
            implies considerateness or reflection, and is opposed
            to jocose or sportive; as, serious and important
            concerns. Grave denotes a state of mind, appearance,
            etc., which results from the pressure of weighty
            interests, and is opposed to hilarity of feeling or
            vivacity of manner; as, a qrave remark; qrave attire.
            Solemn is applied to a case in which gravity is
            carried to its highest point; as, a solemn admonition;
            a solemn promise.
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