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solemn


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Solemn  \Sol"emn\,  a.  [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}.] 
  1.  Marked  with  religious  rites  and  pomps;  enjoined  by  or 
  connected  with  religion;  sacred. 
 
  His  holy  rites  and  solemn  feasts  profaned.  --Milton. 
 
  The  worship  of  this  image  was  advanced,  and  a  solemn 
  supplication  observed  everry  year.  --Bp. 
  Stillingfleet 
 
  2.  Pertaining  to  a  festival;  festive;  festal.  [Obs.]  ``On 
  this  solemn  day.''  --Chaucer. 
 
  3.  Stately;  ceremonious;  grand.  [Archaic] 
 
  His  feast  so  solemn  and  so  rich.  --Chaucer. 
 
  To-night  we  hold  a  splemn  supper.  --Shak. 
 
  4.  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.  --Milton. 
 
  There  reigned  a  solemn  silence  over  all  --Spenser. 
 
  5.  Real;  earnest;  downright.  [Obs.  &  R.] 
 
  Frederick,  the  emperor,  .  .  .  has  spared  no  expense 
  in  strengthening  this  city;  since  which  time  we  find 
  no  solemn  taking  it  by  the  Turks.  --Fuller. 
 
  6.  Affectedly  grave  or  serious;  as  to  put  on  a  solemn  face. 
  ``A  solemn  coxcomb.''  --Swift. 
 
  7.  (Law)  Made  in  form  ceremonious;  as  solemn  war; 
  conforming  with  all  legal  requirements;  as  probate  in 
  solemn  form  --Burrill.  --Jarman.  --Greenleaf. 
 
  {Solemn  League  and  Covenant}.  See  {Covenant},  2. 
 
  Syn:  Grave;  formal;  ritual;  ceremonial;  sober;  serious; 
  reverential;  devotional;  devout.  See  {Grave}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  solemn 
  adj  1:  marked  by  pomp  or  ceremony  or  formality;  "a  solemn 
  occasion";  "ceremonial  garb"  [syn:  {ceremonial}] 
  2:  dignified  and  somber  in  manner  or  character;  "a  grave 
  God-fearing  man";  "a  quiet  sedate  nature";  "sober  as  a 
  judge";  "the  judge  was  solemn  as  he  pronounced  sentence" 
  [syn:  {grave},  {sedate},  {sober}] 
  3:  completely  lacking  in  humor  or  lightness  of  touch; 
  "choreography  that  was  sobersided  and  sententious";  "a 
  play  with  a  solemn  social  message"  [syn:  {sobersided}] 
  4:  characterized  by  firm  belief  in  the  validity  of  your 
  opinions;  "both  sides  were  deeply  in  earnest,  even 
  passionate";  "an  entirely  sincere  and  cruel  tyrant";  "a 
  solemn  vow"  [syn:  {earnest},  {in  earnest(p)},  {sincere}] 




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