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 of solemnity from the Web
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government is marking the anniversary of the coup attempt this week with great solemnity.
In his works the doomness and the enthusiasm, the solemnity and the subtle lyricism are wonderfully intertwined.
His rare absence from the State Opening of Parliament added to the solemnity of an occasion cherished by the British people and replete with tradition.
Part of that is due to the first anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting, an anniversary marked with special solemnity for survivors in Orlando, the Orlando Sentinel's Christal Hayes and Gal Tziperman Lotan report.
The alternative ceremonies at Harvard had printed programs, and incorporated the pageantry, ritual and solemnity of traditional commencements, though without the diplomas, which were reserved for the official university commencement.
Lamentably, much of the solemnity of the day has given way to binge shopping, barbecues and, to put it bluntly, often intemperate consumption of alcoholic beverages.
Arthur is played by Charlie Hunnam, who's blandly charismatic in an underwritten role, which demands equal parts solemnity and irreverence.
His influence on Osborne and his other students isn’t necessarily visible in the Cerulean exhibition of Lueders' paintings and those by Stephen Estock, Charles Kalick, Bruce Samuelson, and Susan Van Campen, except through a mood of solemnity.
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First Known Use of solemnity
SOLEMNITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of solemnity for English Language Learners
: the quality of being formal or serious
solemnities : formal ceremonies
SOLEMNITY Defined for Kids
Definition of solemnity for Students
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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