American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The quality or condition of being solemn.
- n. A solemn observance or proceeding.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A rite or ceremony performed with religious reverence; a ceremonial or festal occasion; ceremony in general; celebration; festivity.
- n. The state or character of being solemn; gravity; impressiveness; solemness: as, the solemnity of his manner; a ceremony of great solemnity.
- n. Affected or mock gravity or seriousness; an aspect of pompous importance.
- n. In law, a solemn nr formal observance; the formality requisite to render an act valid.
- n. The quality of being deeply serious and sober or solemn.
- n. An instance or example of solemn behavior.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A rite or ceremony performed with religious reverence; religious or ritual ceremony.
- n. ceremony adapted to impress with awe.
- n. Ceremoniousness; impressiveness; seriousness; grave earnestness; formal dignity; gravity.
- n. Hence, affected gravity or seriousness.
- n. Solemn state or feeling; awe or reverence; also, that which produces such a feeling.
- n. (Law) A solemn or formal observance; proceeding according to due form; the formality which is necessary to render a thing done valid.
- n. a solemn and dignified feeling
- n. a trait of dignified seriousness
- Middle English solemnity ("observance of formality and ceremony"), frequently in the phrases in solemnity, with solemnity, which from Old French solemnite, from Latin sollemnitās, from sollemnis. (Compare solemn.) (Wiktionary)
“The term solemnity is also used in contracts, especially matrimony, in votive Masses, in vows, and in ecclesiastical trials.”
“All of this points to a new interest in solemnity, decorum, and beauty in Catholic liturgy.”
“Isaiah 30: 29 "Ye shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of the Lord.”
“The film's solemnity is appropriate for its subject matter, and it reflects the artist's sincerity.”
“St. John of the Cross 'solemnity is celebrated today by the Discalced Carmelites.”
“The word solemnity is here used to denote the amount of intrinsic or extrinsic pomp with which a feast is celebrated.”
“And while Old Hurricane stared his eyes half out, the parties most interested opened the papers, which they found to be rather pressing invitations to be present at a certain solemnity at Staunton.”
“Thus we have seen this sealed book passing with great solemnity from the hand of the Creator into the hand of the Redeemer.”
“Thus without pomp or solemnity is the body of Jesus laid in the cold and silent grave.”
“29 Ye shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of the Lord, to the mighty One of Israel.”
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