Examples of solemn in a Sentence
- The women running the office where I was given immunizations and completed more paperwork said they had a young friend back in the District who would love my British accent. They were going to call her this very instant, they teased, and then I'd have a companion for the evening. They also talked in more solemn tones about all the brave men and women who came through the base and then shipped off to Iraq. —Willem Marx, Harper's, September 2006
- Caesar was slaughtered in a sanctified space, his body was sacrosanct since he held the position of supreme pontiff, and his assassins had recently taken a solemn oath to protect his life with their own. Yet none of this seems to have figured prominently in the charges that were laid against his killers. —Robert Garland, History Today, February 2004
- The testimony may well have had serious judicial consequences, even lethal ones, but its style is so glum and flat-footed that it gives an impression not of solemn majesty but of grotesque comedy … —Jonathan Ree, Times Literary Supplement, 13 Aug. 2004
- To the vast majority of people in this Muslim nation of 145 million, Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance, not war and hatred. It requires that women dress modestly, but not make themselves invisible. Its mosques are solemn and silent, but its shrines are relaxed and colorful. Its liturgy says Islam should be spread by persuasion, not by force … —Pamela Constable, Washington Post, 20 Oct. 2001
He spoke in a solemn and thoughtful manner.
He wore a very solemn expression on his face.
He recited the poem in a solemn voice.
A solemn crowd gathered around the grave.
We made a solemn promise to love each other forever.
Recent Examples of solemn from the Web
The Gold Star Families Memorial Monument in Havre de Grace was dedicated Sunday afternoon, as more than 500 people gathered at Concord Point, where the Susquehanna River meets the Chesapeake Bay, for the solemn ceremony.
Their bright team colors, sombreros and loud cheers have charmed the usually solemn locals.
In recent weeks, in Montgomery, Ala., overlooking the birthplace of the civil rights movement, a solemn memorial was unveiled that documents the lynching deaths of more than 4,400 African-Americans.
The two Koreas first forswore nuclear weapons in a solemn agreement in 1992, shortly after America removed tactical nuclear weapons from its bases in South Korea.
In the case of schools affected by tragedy, like Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, there’s a mix of those but also solemn messages as students commemorate classmates who should be graduating.
The ability to make wrong things right, for Missourians who have not gotten fair treatment from our criminal justice system, is one of the most solemn and precious abilities of a governor.
The bishop's passionate sermon on the theme of love, studded with quotes from the bible, Martin Luther King Jr and African-American spirituals, was a contrast to the more solemn and muted Anglican style the royal family is used to.
After a tearful reunion, Peter Abernathy with a solemn nod gives his daughter permission to saw his head open and remove his brain.
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black, bleak, cheerless, chill, cloudy, cold, comfortless, dark, darkening, depressing, depressive, desolate, dire, disconsolate, dismal, drear, dreary, elegiac (also elegiacal), forlorn, funereal, gloomy, glum, godforsaken, gray (also grey), lonely, lonesome, lugubrious, miserable, morbid, morose, murky, saturnine, sepulchral, somber (or sombre), sullen, sunless, wretched;
Synonym Discussion of solemn
- a serious play about social injustice
- read the proclamation in a grave voice
- a sad and solemn occasion
- remained sedate amid the commotion
- a quiet and staid community
- a sober look at the state of our schools
- an earnest reformer
SOLEMN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of solemn for English Language Learners
: very serious or formal in manner, behavior, or expression
: sad and serious
: done or made sincerely
SOLEMN Defined for Kids
Definition of solemn for Students
- a solemn procession
- a solemn face
- a solemn promise
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