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
Meanwhile, the abundance of beautiful women depicted in moody reverie feeds a popular expectation that art of feeling must be solemn, if not sad.
The performance was solemn, with Church nearly speaking the lyrics rather than singing them.
The rites will be solemn, but the massacre was a gruesome mess.
Courtesy of Curtis Chancy The event, solemn and joyous at once, honors soldiers who fought to liberate France and eventually all of Europe in World War II.
Bringing the wall to Surprise The atmosphere at the wall, which will be located in the southeast corner of the park, will be solemn, said Dave Agren, president of Vietnam Veterans of America's West Valley chapter.
But that grim part of the story didn’t move the press to adopt a more solemn tone.
In a ceremony as old as England itself, the radiant, 27-year-old queen will move through two-and-one-half-hours of solemn, stately ritual.
The national holiday provides an opportunity for reflection and solemn remembrance.
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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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