solemnity

noun
so·​lem·​ni·​ty | \ sə-ˈlem-nə-tē How to pronounce solemnity (audio) \
plural solemnities

Definition of solemnity

1 : formal or ceremonious observance of an occasion or event
2 : a solemn event or occasion
3 : a solemn condition or quality the solemnity of his words

Examples of solemnity in a Sentence

the solemnity of the occasion Her voice conveyed the solemnity of the passage. The visiting statesman was welcomed with appropriate solemnity. Elaborate solemnities marked the 100th anniversary of the event.
Recent Examples on the Web Families uncomfortable with the solemnity of traditional funerals have replaced them with birthday-like celebrations of life. Karen Heller, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Apr. 2022 Families uncomfortable with the solemnity of traditional funerals have replaced them with birthday-like celebrations of life. Washington Post, 19 Apr. 2022 Returning to the house, released from the oppressive solemnity of the funeral, the women had been moved to talk, in a general and speculative way, about death. Colin Barrett, Harper’s Magazine , 16 Mar. 2022 On March 25, the solemnity of the Annunciation, Pope Francis consecrated Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Nr Editors, National Review, 31 Mar. 2022 Still, despite their surface-level solemnity, his films are very often about the cinema as a place of play. The New Yorker, 10 Jan. 2022 The film’s prevailing solemnity ultimately makes its shards of paranoia and disclosures about the compromises of counterterrorism agents more unsettling, and the brutal finality of its outcome more chilling. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Apr. 2022 Van is rightly dismayed by this spectacle, but everyone else reacts with Zen-like calm and solemnity, as if this is naturally the right way to send a Black man out of this world and into the next one. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 25 Mar. 2022 Writing for the court, Chief Justice John Roberts said the state had a compelling interest in the security and solemnity of an execution. Jess Bravin, WSJ, 24 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of solemnity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 May 2022

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“Solemnity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/solemnity. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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solemnity

noun
so·​lem·​ni·​ty | \ sə-ˈlem-nə-tē How to pronounce solemnity (audio) \
plural solemnities

Kids Definition of solemnity

1 : a serious or formal ceremony The important visitors were welcomed with fitting solemnity.
2 : formal dignity He spoke with solemnity.

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