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1‘a cross marks the grave’
burying place, tomb, sepulchre, vault, burial chamber, burial pit, mausoleum, crypt, catacomb
last home, last resting place
historical tumulus, barrow
1‘a grave matter’
serious, important, all-important, profound, significant, momentous, weighty, of great consequence
vital, crucial, critical, acute
urgent, pressing, exigent
pivotal, precarious, touch-and-go, life-and-death, in the balance
dire, terrible, awful, dreadful, alarming, drastic, sore
perilous, hazardous, dangerous, threatening, menacing, risky
informal dicey, hairy, iffy, chancy
British informal dodgy
2‘Jackie looked grave’
solemn, earnest, serious, sombre, sober, severe
unsmiling, long-faced, stone-faced, stony-faced, grim-faced, grim, gloomy
preoccupied, thoughtful, dignified, staid, dour, aloof, forbidding
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