They speak slowly and soberly, the pain evident in their voices, their faces etched with despair.
So Israelis are approaching this soberly—but most laugh off reports of celebrations from Gaza.
"If we build a stadium of change, they will come," the elephant said soberly.
No, not scared,” responded Fogg soberly, “only worried about you.
"White," he said soberly, and was immensely pleased at the impression he created.
"Well, I won't pretend I'm not glad to hear it," said Harry soberly.
"And we must be twenty miles from home," said Eunice, soberly.
When I hung her up upon the wall she soberly looked at me, but made no demonstration of fear.
"I haven't any appetite for tea now, Mother," said Ernest soberly.
“Mrs. Van was one of the original ‘Floradora Sextette,’” 67 remarked Scott, soberly.
mid-14c., "moderate in desires or actions, temperate, restrained," especially "abstaining from strong drink," also "calm, quiet, not overcome by emotion," from Old French sobre "decent; sober" (12c.), from Latin sobrius "not drunk, temperate, moderate, sensible," from a variant of se- "without" (see se-) + ebrius "drunk," of unknown origin. Meaning "not drunk at the moment" is from late 14c.; also "appropriately solemn, serious, not giddy." Related: Soberly; soberness. Sobersides "sedate, serious-minded person" is recorded from 1705.
late 14c., "reduce to a quiet condition" (transitive), from sober (adj.). Meaning "render grave or serious" is from 1726. Intransitive sense of "become sober" (since late 19c. often with up) is from 1820. Related: Sobered; sobering.