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
NOW: A Hurricane Camille memorial stands as a solemn reminder of the storm's destruction on the former site of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Biloxi, which was destroyed by Camille and again in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina.
A solemn disgracement ceremony was conducted on the Valley Forge Grand Parade, where Enslin’s sword was broken in half over his head and he was marched out, as drummers and fifers beat a slow dirge.
A solemn religious ceremony between Prince Ernst-August Jr. and Ekaterina Malysheva took place in the Market Church before 600 guests while a crowd of several thousand, many in traditional costume, gathered outside.
Despite the drama before him, the revolutionary hero seems solemn and unmoved.
Suddenly the video starts to feel like a political argument that is out of place and inappropriate at such a solemn site.
A solemn Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip held a minute of silence for the fire victims at the start of the procession Saturday.
A solemn Queen Elizabeth II marked a minute of silence for victims of the London high-rise inferno at the start of a procession Saturday to mark her official birthday.
The service began what would be almost 24 hours of solemn remembrances.
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Origin and Etymology of solemn
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymsaugust, distingué, distinguished, imposing, portly, dignified, staid, stately
Antonymsflighty, frivolous, giddy, goofy, silly, undignified
Related Wordsdecorous, proper, seemly; grave, grim, po-faced [British], sober, somber (or sombre); aristocratic, elegant, elevated, handsome, lordly, magisterial, majestic, noble
Near Antonymscoarse, crass, crude, improper, indecent, uncouth, unseemly, vulgar
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
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