graven graven  /ˈɡreɪ vən/


  1. (n) death of a person
  2. (n) a place for the burial of a corpse (especially beneath the ground and marked by a tombstone)
  3. (n) a mark (`) placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation
  4. (v) shape (a material like stone or wood) by whittling away at it
  5. (v) carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface
  6. (adj) dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises
  7. (adj) causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm
  8. (adj) of great gravity or crucial import; requiring serious thought
  9. (adj) cut into a desired shape
  10. (adj) cut or impressed into a surface

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  1. We shall never surrender! IN his last, loneliest battle, that defiant vow seemed graven on Sir Winston Churchill's soul.
  2. Thou shalt not make unto thee a graven image, nor any manner of likeness, of any thingExodus 20:4David Aronson, son of an immigrant Lithuanian rabbi,.
  3. This strain of Puritan denial of the graven image seems never to have quite vanished from American art.


  • Dancers will compete at State Fair event

    MASON CITY — Aubri Graven, 7, daughter of Shawn and Amy Graven, and Melanie Askildson, 11, daughter of Rodney and Mary Askildson, both of Mason City, advanced to the first round in the Bill Riley Iowa State Fair Talent Competition in Des Moines.
    on August 6, 2013     Source: The Globe Gazette


  1. "I modified their outline and have had a chance to tinker with the dialogue and narration of each issue before it gets graven in stone," King said. "I don't tell anyone what or how to draw, though. I know my limitations."
    on Feb 7, 2007 By: Stephen King Source: Miami Herald

  2. Pericles, the Athenian leader, noted "Not only are they commemorated by column and inscriptions, but there dwells also an unwritten memorial of them, graven not on stone but in the hearts of men."
    on May 24, 2008 By: Pericles Source: Town Hall

  3. Paul said it best; "Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all...
    on Mar 17, 2010 By: the Apostle Paul Source: RenewAmerica

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