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synonyms for gravamen

  • basic
  • bosom
  • bottom line
  • center
  • coal and ice
  • core
  • crux
  • essence
  • focal point
  • focus
  • gist
  • hub
  • kernel
  • marrow
  • meat
  • middle
  • nitty-gritty
  • nub
  • nucleus
  • pith
  • polestar
  • quick
  • quintessence
  • root
  • seat
  • soul
  • spirit
  • stuff
  • substance
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How to use gravamen in a sentence

This hazarding of Mrs. Owen's favor became now the gravamen of his offense, the culmination of all his offenses.
A HOOSIER CHRONICLEMEREDITH NICHOLSON
The gravamen of the charge is so well known to the reader that the simple account which Phineas gave of it need not be repeated.
THE PRIME MINISTERANTHONY TROLLOPE
You will observe, of course, that the gravamen of this consists in my having done so after the confession.
AN ESSAY ON PROFESSIONAL ETHICSGEORGE SHARSWOOD
A glance at his paean to Arnold Bennett at once reveals the true gravamen of his objection to Dreiser.
A BOOK OF PREFACESH. L. MENCKEN
An open pocketbook will easily secure a petition for pardon, it makes but little difference as to the "gravamen" of the crime.
THE TWIN HELLSJOHN N. REYNOLDS
Mr. Stone's frail form, bent somewhat to one side by the increased gravamen of the osier bag, was now seen moving homewards.
FRATERNITYJOHN GALSWORTHY
The gravamen of the charge against Ishmael lies in the last word of Gen. xxi.
THE EXPOSITOR'S BIBLE: THE EPISTLE TO THE GALATIANSG. G. FINDLAY
But foreigners are treated as outside the law, which is the gravamen of the Chinese offence against them.
THE ENGLISHMAN IN CHINA DURING THE VICTORIAN ERA, VOL. II (OF 2)ALEXANDER MICHIE
The gravamen of the heresy seems to have been the suggestion that there were men not of the progeny of Adam.
THE WRITINGS OF THOMAS PAINE, VOLUME IV.THOMAS PAINE
The gravamen of their complaint lay in the fact that I reintroduced the same characters so often!
AN AUTOBIOGRAPHYANTHONY TROLLOPE
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WORDS RELATED TO GRAVAMEN

  • ashes
  • bones
  • cadavers
  • carcasses
  • carrion
  • clays
  • corpus delicti
  • dead bodies
  • deceaseds
  • dust
  • relics
  • remains
  • stiffs
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