solemnise

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v solemnise make solemn and grave "This ceremony solemnized our hearts"
    • v solemnise perform (the wedding ceremony) with proper ceremonies
    • v solemnise observe or perform with dignity or gravity "The King solemnized this day of morning"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Solemnise to perform religiously or solemnly once a year, or periodically: to celebrate with due rites: to render grave
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. solempne, solemne (Fr. solennel)—L. sollemnis, solennissollus, all, every, annus, a year.

Usage

In literature:

Hasty preparations were made, and the marriage was solemnised by proxy.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
Our law, our canon, compels you to make your way home with her, for nowhere else can your wedding be duly solemnised.
"Manasseh" by Maurus Jokai
The marriage was duly solemnised according to the terms of the Roman Catholic Church by Father Mendez.
"Ronald Morton, or the Fire Ships" by W.H.G. Kingston
The pervading characteristic is simplicity, and the effect solemnising.
"Scottish Cathedrals and Abbeys" by Dugald Butler and Herbert Story
Wheeling suddenly round, and facing the solemnised assembly, he addressed it, as if with difficulty, in a low-toned, awesome voice.
"Red Rooney" by R.M. Ballantyne
Even the Indians were solemnised by what appeared to be a death-scene.
"Twice Bought" by R.M. Ballantyne
Pauline was awed into silence, and even Otto's countenance became gradually solemnised.
"The Island Queen" by R.M. Ballantyne
At first the sound was solemnising, then it was saddening.
"The Lighthouse" by R.M. Ballantyne
This accident had at first a deeply solemnising effect on the whole community.
"The Lonely Island" by R.M. Ballantyne
Jack's nuptials were to be solemnised on the following day, and he and his bride would start three days later for Enville Court.
"Clare Avery" by Emily Sarah Holt
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In poetry:

All solemnised it seems,
And still'd, and darkness in each time-worn hue,
Since the rich clustering roses met my view,
As now, by starry gleams.
"The Penitent's Return" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans