Definitions for: Solemnity


[n] a trait of dignified seriousness
[n] a solemn and dignified feeling



Webster (1913) Definition: So*lem"ni*ty, n.; pl. Solemnities. [L. solemnitas,
solennitas: cf. F. solennit['e], solemnit['e], OF. also
sollempnit['e].]
1. A rite or ceremony performed with religious reverence;
religious or ritual ceremony; as, the solemnity of a
funeral, a sacrament.

Great was the cause; our old solemnities From no
blind zeal or fond tradition rise, But saved from
death, our Argives yearly pay These grateful honors
to the god of day. --Pope.

2. ceremony adapted to impress with awe.

The forms and solemnities of the last judgment.
--Atterburry.

3. Ceremoniousness; impressiveness; seriousness; grave
earnestness; formal dignity; gravity.

With much glory and great solemnity. --Chaucer.

The statelines and gravity of the Spaniards shows
itself in the solemnity of their language.
--Addison.

These promises were often made with great solemnity
and confirmed with an oath. --J. Edwards.

4. Hence, affected gravity or seriousness.

Solemnity 's a cover for a sot. --Young.

5. Solemn state or feeling; awe or reverence; also, that
which produces such a feeling; as, the solemnity of an
audience; the solemnity of Westminster Abbey.

6. (Law) A solemn or formal observance; proceeding according
to due form; the formality which is necessary to render a
thing done valid.

Synonyms: gravity, sedateness, solemness, staidness

Antonyms: levity

See Also: earnestness, earnestness, feeling, serious-mindedness, seriousness, seriousness, sincerity, sincerity

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