• Pharaoh Gives Solemn Audience to One of His Ministers
    Pharaoh Gives Solemn Audience to One of His Ministers
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v solemnize make solemn and grave "This ceremony solemnized our hearts"
    • v solemnize perform (the wedding ceremony) with proper ceremonies
    • v solemnize observe or perform with dignity or gravity "The King solemnized this day of morning"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Solemnize Solemnization. "Though spoused, yet wanting wedlock's solemnize ."
    • Solemnize To dignify or honor by ceremonies; to celebrate. "Their choice nobility and flowers . . . Met from all parts to solemnize this feast."
    • Solemnize To make grave, serious, and reverential. "Wordsworth was solemnizzed and elevated by this his first look on Yarrow.""Every Israelite . . . arose, solemnized his face, looked towards Jerusalem . . . and prayed."
    • Solemnize To perform with solemn or ritual ceremonies, or according to legal forms. "Baptism to be administered in one place, and marriage solemnized in another."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • solemnize To perform annually; perform as the year comes round.
    • solemnize To honor by ceremonies; celebrate: as, to solemnize the birth of Christ.
    • solemnize To perform with ritual ceremonies, or according to legal forms: used especially of marriage.
    • solemnize To render solemn; make serious, grave, and reverential: as, to solemnize the mind for the duties of the sanctuary.
    • solemnize Also spelled solemnise. Synonyms and
    • n solemnize Solemnization.
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  • John Ruskin
    “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
    “A marriage is no amusement but a solemn act, and generally a sad one.”
  • Helen Rowland
    “Call the bald man, Boy; make the sage thy toy; greet the youth with solemn face; praise the fat man for his grace.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. solemniser, sollemniser,


In literature:

Loud sings a solemn phrase; do we catch an edge of wistful regret?
"Symphonies and Their Meaning; Third Series, Modern Symphonies" by Philip H. Goepp
Then she spoke softly and solemnly.
"In The Palace Of The King" by F. Marion Crawford
Then he gave three long, solemn, and portentous puffs.
"The American Baron" by James De Mille
The great room was thrown open in due season and with solemnity.
"In the Footprints of the Padres" by Charles Warren Stoddard
Now what do the Apostles, and what does Christ Himself, in that passage that I have quoted, mean, by such solemn words as these?
"Expositions of Holy Scripture: Romans Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V)" by Alexander Maclaren
The dimness and silence make it very solemn and restful.
"The Sunny Side of Diplomatic Life, 1875-1912" by Lillie DeHegermann-Lindencrone
Not to have found your formula," he said solemnly, "is not to have found yourself.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
Then, as she left him, she solemnly declared that her son Fortune always said his prayers, both morning and evening.
"Abbe Mouret's Transgression La Faute De L'abbe Mouret" by Emile Zola
And what of Ralph, who strode solemnly by her side?
"The Shadow of a Crime A Cumbrian Romance" by Hall Caine
We uncovered as the judge approached us, and he shook hands with us in the most solemn way, his own wide black hat in his hand.
"The Way of a Man" by Emerson Hough

In poetry:

'Twas sweet to see the Lady fair,
Each blessed sabbath morn,
Wear such a sweetly solemn air,
Of bright devotion, born.
"The Holy Lady" by James Avis Bartley
I, too, join in the soothing song,
And in the solemn prayer;
I bow together with the throng
That meet to worship there.
"In Kirkconnel Old Churchyard" by Alexander Anderson
Over all the solemn heaven
Arches, like a God's reproof
At the offerings man has driven
To Hell's altars, loom and woof!
"The Factory Town" by Ernest Jones
And O, when follies all have fled
And solemn thoughts shall rise,
To soothe me on my dying bed
And meet me in the skies.
"Song - If I Could Love" by John Gardiner Calkins Brainard
I do not care for singing psalms;
I tire of good men's talk;
To me there is no joy in palms,
Or white-robed, solemn walk.
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
And when falls on solemn air
From black oaks the evening,
Voice of our unvoiced despair,
There the nightingale shall sing.
"En Sourdine" by Clark Ashton Smith

In news:

The artist should go well with any pre-Halloween festivities, or a solemn walk through Central Park in closed-toe heels.
Family, friends of those killed in attacks read names in solemn roll calls.
Today is Yom Kippur, the highest of Jewish holidays and the most solemn of the year.
Jim McCloskey stands by the phone in a Richmond hotel room on this frosty January morning, waiting to fulfill a solemn pledge he made 14 years ago to a condemned man.
Led by actors dressed as bloodied, wounded soldiers, a solemn procession of walkers marched three miles from Sharpsburg, Md.
Solemn day in Christchurch .
If only Billie Holiday were here to sing that solemn "Summertime" song.
Poetry doesn't have to be solemn.
They have earned our solemn gratitude, not knee-jerk vilification from Neanderthals .
Accompanied by a fleet of astronauts spanning NASA's entire existence, Atlantis made a slow, solemn journey to retirement Friday, the last space shuttle to orbit the world and the last to leave NASA's nest.
The costumed people led a procession of children and teens that would entertain the Buddhists before the more solemn part of the event inside.
Solemn volunteers walked down Castro Street, handing out fistfuls of free condoms.
John Kiel and Michelle Landrum, longtime Center for Inquiry members, are seeking to have their upcoming wedding conducted and solemnized by a Center for Inquiry secular celebrant.
Morning spread of the lake, solemn.
Standing with the others at Judiciary Square and taking in what was a solemn, but in many ways joyful scene, I saw the sad and sweet moments taking place right next to each other.

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