American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To celebrate or observe with dignity and gravity. See Synonyms at observe.
- v. To perform with formal ceremony.
- v. To make serious or grave.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To perform annually; perform as the year comes round.
- To honor by ceremonies; celebrate: as, to solemnize the birth of Christ.
- To perform with ritual ceremonies, or according to legal forms: used especially of marriage.
- To render solemn; make serious, grave, and reverential: as, to solemnize the mind for the duties of the sanctuary.
- Also spelled solemnise. Synonyms and
- n. Solemnization.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To perform with solemn or ritual ceremonies, or according to legal forms.
- v. To dignify or honor by ceremonies; to celebrate.
- v. To make grave, serious, and reverential.
- n. rare Solemnization.
- v. perform (the wedding ceremony) with proper ceremonies
- v. observe or perform with dignity or gravity
- v. make solemn and grave
- solemn + -ize (Wiktionary)
“It is all so grotesque when one remembers how ready they are to 'solemnize' -- save the mark!”
“For the sake of every citizen, and most of all for the sake of the children, it should "solemnize" marriage, and should do so on the understanding -- clearly expressed -- that those who come to be married intend to be faithful to each other "as long as they both shall live.”
“If those who are religious wish to do so, they can receive a civil union, then "solemnize" their union in a marriage within their religion.”
“He needn't know when the old lady died, but it will kind of solemnize him. ”
“In the Diocese of New York, Bishop Mark Sisk said local priests could bless couples who marry elsewhere in a civil ceremony, but could not solemnize the marriages.”
“The New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, which includes four of the five states with gay marriage, issued a document stating that pastors can choose to solemnize same-sex marriages in individual churches that give their approval.”
“Proposed marriage bills in Albany have stated that no clergyman or minister would be forced to solemnize a same-sex union.”
“The purpose of the oath and the bible is just to solemnize the occasion and remind the declarant of his obligation to tell the truth.”
“Andrew Cuomo and passed by the Assembly on Wednesday shields churches, synagogues and benevolent societies, like Knights of Columbus, from civil actions related to the law, and grants them the right to deny couples from using their facilities to solemnize or celebrate a marriage because of religious reasons.”
“John Hall, and Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams prepare to conduct and solemnize the wedding of the century, both Christians and prominent and powerful nonbelievers are raising their voices and demanding the disestablishment the Church of England that has dominated religious life here for centuries.”
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These words are from Samuel Richardson's novel Clarissa, Or, The History of a Young Lady, 1747-48
Words taken from I, Claudius by Robert Graves.
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