solemn

Definitions

  • Pharaoh Gives Solemn Audience to One of His Ministers
    Pharaoh Gives Solemn Audience to One of His Ministers
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj solemn characterized by a firm and humorless belief in the validity of your opinions "both sides were deeply in earnest, even passionate","an entirely sincere and cruel tyrant","a film with a solemn social message"
    • adj solemn dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises "a grave God-fearing man","a quiet sedate nature","as sober as a judge","a solemn promise","the judge was solemn as he pronounced sentence"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Solemn Affectedly grave or serious; as, to put on a solemn face. "A solemn coxcomb."
    • Solemn Fitted to awaken or express serious reflections; marked by seriousness; serious; grave; devout; as, a solemn promise; solemn earnestness. "Nor wanting power to mitigate and swage
      With solemn touches troubled thoughts."
      "There reigned a solemn silence over all."
    • Solemn (Law) Made in form; ceremonious; as, solemn war; conforming with all legal requirements; as, probate in solemn form.
    • Solemn Marked with religious rites and pomps; enjoined by, or connected with, religion; sacred. "His holy rites and solemn feasts profaned.""The worship of this image was advanced, and a solemn supplication observed everry year."
    • Solemn Pertaining to a festival; festive; festal. "On this solemn day."
    • Solemn Real; earnest; downright. "Frederick, the emperor, . . . has spared no expense in strengthening this city; since which time we find no solemn taking it by the Turks."
    • Solemn Stately; ceremonious; grand. "His feast so solemn and so rich.""To-night we hold a splemn supper."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • solemn Recurring yearly; annual.
    • solemn Marked by religious rites or ceremonious observances; connected with religion; sacred; also, marked by special ritual or ceremony.
    • solemn Pertaining to holiday; festive; joyous.
    • solemn Of high repute; important; dignified.
    • solemn Fitted to excite or express serious or devout reflections; grave; impressive; awe-inspiring: as, a solemn pile of buildings.
    • solemn Marked by seriousness or earnestness in language or demeanor; impressive; grave: as, to make a solemn promise; a solemn utterance.
    • solemn Affectedly grave, serious, or important: as, to put on a solemn face.
    • solemn Accompanied with all due forms or ceremonies; made in form; formal; regular: now chiefly a law term: as, probate in solemn form.
    • solemn Sober; gloomy; dark: noting color or tint.
    • solemn Synonyms August, venerable, grand, stately.
    • solemn Serious, etc. (see grave), reverential, sober.
    • solemn To solemnize.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Solemn sol′em attended with religions ceremonies, pomp, or gravity, originally taking place every year, said esp. of religious ceremonies: impressing with seriousness: awful: devout: having the appearance of gravity: devotional: attended with an appeal to God, as an oath: serious: sober, gloomy, black
    • adv Solemn sol′emnly
    • Solemn as opposed to Simple vows, such vows as the Church takes under her special charge, or is said in a solemn manner to accept, as those of poverty, obedience, and chastity, involving complete and irrevocable surrender
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Quotations

  • John Ruskin
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    “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
OE. solempne, OF. solempne, L. solemnis, solennis, sollemnis, sollennis,; sollus, all, entire + annus, a year; properly, that takes place every year; -- used especially of religious solemnities. Cf. Silly Annual
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. vou (Fr. vœu)—L. votumvovēre, to vow.

Usage

In literature:

The churchyard had a wall of solid red bricks, overshadowed by a border of solemn old yew-trees.
"A Book of Quaker Saints" by Lucy Violet Hodgkin
A sweet solemnity often possesses the mind, whilst retracing past intercourse with departed friends.
"The Dairyman's Daughter" by Legh Richmond
A strange solemnity prevailed.
"The Great War As I Saw It" by Frederick George Scott
The month of May was thought an unlucky time for marriages being solemnized.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
Religion has given it a purity, a solemnity, a sublimity, which, even among the noblest of the heathen, we shall look for in vain.
"Recreations of Christopher North, Volume 2" by John Wilson
A low solemn murmur sounded around.
"Alroy The Prince Of The Captivity" by Benjamin Disraeli
Solemn peace reigns in the park, and under the pine-trees stone elephants, horses, and camels gaze solemnly at one another.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
Generally two or three are mentioned, and often the name of the reigning king is added to lend further solemnity to the oath.
"The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria" by Morris Jastrow
Presently, as he listened, the minister's tones grew very solemn.
"Three People" by Pansy
O that each individual woman could feel it, and live as realizing the solemn fact!
"Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women" by George Sumner Weaver
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In poetry:

So you not know
My joy at length
Will all wear out
Your solemn strength?
"The Stream’s Song" by Lascelles Abercrombie
Deemest thou, labour
Only is earnest?
Grave is all beauty,
Solemn is joy.
"England My Mother" by William Watson
Many a solemn hymn,
By starlight sung,
Sweeps thro' the arches dim,
Thy wrecks among.
"Roman Girl's Song" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
What means that solemn saying:
One shall suffer for many?
But many suffer for one.
Oh, what means it?
"Ivar Ingemundson's Lay" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
Then ’twixt lips of loved and lover
solemn thoughts of us shall rise;
We who once were fools defeated,
then shall be the brave and wise.
"All For The Cause" by William Morris
But tell us, thou bird of the solemn strain!
Can those who have lov'd forget?
We call—and they answer not again—
—Do they love—do they love us yet?
"The Messenger-Bird" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans

In news:

Not all congregations observe the solemn day, however.
Solemnity of All Saints.
Rich Field, the US Army air base established southwest of Waco from 1917 to 1919, was a place of solemn, serious training in the deadly arts of war.
And that's the aspect of the story that has struck me the most, the past few weeks, and as Germany solemnly marks the half-century anniversary of the Wall's construction.
The solemn anniversary of the "date which will live in infamy" is here again and, 71 years after the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, there are a dwindling number of Americans who can offer first-hand accounts of the Dec 7, 1941, assault.
Editor's note: On Nov 20, the Bureau County Republican ran a photo of a solemn-faced man, and the story of Janice Dieckow, who hoped it was a picture of her grandfather.
In 2004, a solemn, anxious NYU student caught the attention of indie aficionados with an album largely composed in a bedroom.
Elected officials won't speak at occasion that has allowed them solemn turn in the spotlight.
During a solemn Veterans Day ceremony, President Barack Obama presents a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.
From across Lakewood, residents gathered to observe with solemnity Veterans Day.
Their marriage was later solemnized in the Manti LDS Temple.
The Field of Flags at Warren County Memorial Park serves as a solemn reminder of the lives lost during the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Toby Harnden says Obama failed at his most solemn duty (Telegraph).
Among the hundreds of classic cars and trucks on Lincoln Way in Downtown Auburn Friday night, a solemn ceremony born out of the grief of a nation will mark the 10-year anniversary.
The Sean and Richie Show want to commemorate Memorial Day in a very special way and we'd like you to tell us who you are remembering on this most solemn and patriotic occasion.
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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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