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
Bishop Jones was master of ceremonies for the program which followed a silent solemn procession beginning at Auditorium Circle, all sponsored by the fair’s Religious Expression Committee.
With Americans growing weary of the Vietnam War and increasingly discontent with his leadership, Johnson - in his characteristically solemn style - reiterated why the United States was fighting there and offered an olive branch to North Vietnam.
With Americans growing weary of the Vietnam War and increasingly discontent with his leadership, Johnson — in his characteristically solemn style — reiterated why the United States was fighting there and offered an olive branch to North Vietnam.
Francis issued the guidance during Holy Thursday Mass, which is meant to show the unity of the Catholic Church during its most solemn, pre-Easter period.
The mass around me bursts into applause and this once-solemn spectacle quickly shifts into an all-night celebration.
Lynch, who some friends believe has a fear of public speaking, looked around and saw solemn faces and nodding heads.
Nonprofit associations tied to both units raised the funds to pay for the nearly $5,000 memorial and staged Saturday’s solemn ceremony to unveil it.
Thousands of people united at the Parkland Amphitheater on March 14 for a moving and solemn interfaith service of healing and unity a month after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting tragedy.
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Origin and Etymology of solemn
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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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