solemnity

noun

so·​lem·​ni·​ty sə-ˈlem-nə-tē How to pronounce solemnity (audio)
plural solemnities
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 And Navajos regard eclipses with solemnity, marking them as a time to show reverence and respect for the sun and Earth. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 6 Apr. 2024 As often as not, the snap is an undercut, slicing off solemnity at the knees. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 26 Feb. 2024 An older version of Ye (Rosalind Chao) sticks around as 3 Body Problem to watch events unfold with a knowing solemnity. Charles Pulliam-Moore, The Verge, 21 Mar. 2024 Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, a season marked by sacrifice and solemnity. Ruth Graham, New York Times, 14 Feb. 2024 An oasis of greenery surrounds the duplicitous Emperor (Christopher Walken) and his daughter, Princess Irulan (Florence Pugh), but the change of scenery is all but undone by the characters’ colorless solemnity. Justin Chang, The New Yorker, 27 Feb. 2024 He's dressed for the solemnity of the occasion, in a maroon velvet shirt and a pair of dangling feather earrings. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 4 July 2023 Carmen became the standard for his crusade against Wagnerian solemnity. Larry Wolff, The New York Review of Books, 1 Feb. 2024 Matsuda oversaw this with solemnity and an appropriate sense of timing. Christian Hertzog, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of solemnity was in the 14th century

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“Solemnity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/solemnity. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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