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solemnity

Definitions

  • Pharaoh Gives Solemn Audience to One of His Ministers
    Pharaoh Gives Solemn Audience to One of His Ministers
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n solemnity a trait of dignified seriousness
    • n solemnity a solemn and dignified feeling
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Solemnity A rite or ceremony performed with religious reverence; religious or ritual ceremony; as, the solemnity of a funeral, a sacrament. "Great was the cause; our old solemnities From no blind zeal or fond tradition rise,
      But saved from death, our Argives yearly pay
      These grateful honors to the god of day."
    • Solemnity (Law) A solemn or formal observance; proceeding according to due form; the formality which is necessary to render a thing done valid.
    • Solemnity Ceremoniousness; impressiveness; seriousness; grave earnestness; formal dignity; gravity. "With much glory and great solemnity .""The statelines and gravity of the Spaniards shows itself in the solemnity of their language.""These promises were often made with great solemnity and confirmed with an oath."
    • Solemnity ceremony adapted to impress with awe. "The forms and solemnities of the last judgment."
    • Solemnity Hence, affected gravity or seriousness. "Solemnity 's a cover for a sot."
    • Solemnity Solemn state or feeling; awe or reverence; also, that which produces such a feeling; as, the solemnity of an audience; the solemnity of Westminster Abbey.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n solemnity A rite or ceremony performed with religious reverence; a ceremonial or festal occasion; ceremony in general; celebration; festivity.
    • n solemnity The state or character of being solemn; gravity; impressiveness; solemness: as, the solemnity of his manner; a ceremony of great solemnity.
    • n solemnity Affected or mock gravity or seriousness; an aspect of pompous importance.
    • n solemnity In law, a solemn nr formal observance; the formality requisite to render an act valid.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Solemnity a solemn religious ceremony: a ceremony adapted to inspire with awe: reverence: seriousness: affected gravity
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Quotations

  • John Ruskin
    John%20Ruskin
    “Of all God's gifts to the sighted man, color is holiest, the most divine, the most solemn.”
  • Søren Kierkegaard
    Søren Kierkegaard
    “Because of its tremendous solemnity death is the light in which great passions, both good and bad, become transparent, no longer limited by outward appearances.”
  • Petra Kelly
    Petra Kelly
    “We, the generation that faces the next century, can add the solemn injunction that if we don't do the impossible, we shall be faced with the unthinkable.”
  • Lionel Strachey
    Lionel Strachey
    “A brilliant epigram is a solemn platitude gone to a masquerade ball.”
  • Queen Victoria
    Queen%20Victoria
    “A marriage is no amusement but a solemn act, and generally a sad one.”
  • Helen Rowland
    Helen%20Rowland
    “Call the bald man, Boy; make the sage thy toy; greet the youth with solemn face; praise the fat man for his grace.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. solemnitas, solennitas,: cf. F. solennité, solemnité, OF. also sollempnité,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. solempne, solemne (Fr. solennel)—L. sollemnis, solennissollus, all, every, annus, a year.

Usage

In literature:

They passed the ancient Gothic church, standing solemn and serene among its mossy tombs.
"The Dreamer" by Mary Newton Stanard
The two girls stood looking solemnly at the silk dress.
"Pembroke" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
She looked at Mrs. Delaney, and her mother gazed solemnly at her, waiting for her to speak.
"A Little Mother to the Others" by L. T. Meade
He was a black-faced, solemn-looking genius, and the look of him would sink the spirits of a skylark down to zero.
"Two Knapsacks" by John Campbell
How oft the solemn tocsin sounds!
"The Golden Censer" by John McGovern
She refused to regard her sister-in-law as an established solemnity, eminent and lonely in the scene.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
What a solemn truth!
"A Practical Directory for Young Christian Females" by Harvey Newcomb
He looked at me with his solemn Scotch-Canadian eyes.
"The Prairie Wife" by Arthur Stringer
The cold, and movement, and solemnity of space, drowsed every sense.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
All solemn duties, ought to have solemn preparations; and this I think, as solemn as any.
"The Covenants And The Covenanters" by Various
If they begin war it will be the most solemn act of life.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
He had an aquiline nose, sparkling eyes, a large forehead, and a grave solemn aspect.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
Indeed, solemnity was stamped upon that child's visage from his birth.
"The Lonely Island" by R.M. Ballantyne
She felt all the solemnity of her position, and, as yet, little of its sweetness.
"Agatha's Husband A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik (AKA: Dinah Maria Mulock)
Its solemn, round eyes stared at him, reproving and admonishing him for his foolhardiness.
"The Adventures of Piang the Moro Jungle Boy" by Florence Partello Stuart
She could not get out of her eyes the vision of that little solemn figure, so motionless, so marble white.
"Sir Tom" by Mrs. Oliphant
Yet as I thought of it, the grimy, barren street and the solemn-looking building faded away before my eyes.
"A Monk of Cruta" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
And this it is which makes this parable so very solemn in the days in which we are living.
"Studies in Prophecy" by Arno C. Gaebelein
Then slowly, and even solemnly, came words which gripped the hearts of his two guests.
"In the Brooding Wild" by Ridgwell Cullum
It was only the solemnity of her husband's face that seemed to sober her.
"The Man Who Couldn't Sleep" by Arthur Stringer
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In poetry:

And the winds of heaven,
And the solemn hills of blue,
And the brown earth and the dew,
And the thunder even,
"St. Francis and the Birds" by Katharine Tynan
Apart from Thee all gain is loss,
All labor vainly done;
The solemn shadow of Thy Cross
Is better than the sun.
"Our Master" by John Greenleaf Whittier
What sweet solemnity to see
The little life upon thy knee,
And whisper as so soft it lies,—
'Our little babe!'
"The Wonder Child" by Richard Le Gallienne
Blow on, wild wind, thy solemn voice,
However sad and drear,
Is nothing to the gloomy silence
I have had to bear.
"The North Wind" by Anne Bronte
Hark! the deep-toned, solemn peal!
Again it strikes the air!
My trembling accents steal
To join the anthem there.
"Sin Of The Choral Singer" by James Avis Bartley
Grateful, but solemn and tender,
The music rose and fell
With a joy akin to sadness
And a greeting like farewell.
"The Poet And The Children" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Usually, this serves as a fixed image for the solemn scene between baseball seasons.
The 12 jurors filed solemnly into the downtown Phoenix courtroom after lunch last November 14, a Monday.
On this Veterans Day, I think back on where I spent this solemn holiday a decade ago.
The Hoskins family originally planned for the rally at the Capitol to be a prayer vigil, a solemn plea for an arrest in Ernest Hoskins' murder.
Scott McClellan walked into the White House briefing room Tuesday with the solemn expression of a man about to deliver some very important presidential news.
I remember describing him to my friends as the most adorable, solemn boy.
The city of Juneau will commemorate that anniversary with a series of community activities leading up to a solemn memorial on the waterfront.
It's been a tradition for victims' family members to lead a solemn reading of the names of their lost ones during commemorations at the memorial site.
Celebrations replaced by solemn tributes.
Solemn 9-11 ceremony in Oxford's LaFayette Park.
Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr, 'a solemn festival'.
Summer day a solemn one.
A solemn salute for fallen officer.
American presidents bear solemn responsibilities that most us can only begin to imagine.
Solemn, subdued 9/11 rites at terror sites.
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In science:

The majestic face, with the almond shaped eye and the elegant profile, has a pensive expression which reveals the solemnity of the moment.
Optimization in Differentiable Manifolds in Order to Determine the Method of Construction of Prehistoric Wall-Paintings
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