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
Yet somehow America’s Finest City birthed the Black Heart Procession, an eclectic, mutating orchestra of woe whose solemn, gently writhing indie rock (complete with rapt saw playing) has led to a modestly successful decade-plus career.
So is something solemn and dark still expected or can more casual or festive attire be worn?
Immediately after the injury, there might have been a solemn mood.
On Wednesday morning, several people paused in the airy hall to take in the solemn display beneath the vibrant strings of paper cranes that hung from the archways.
The game gave me some breathing room to do so, with a solemn song playing while credits rolled.
While the gathering wasn't that solemn, people did fly in from around the country -- and even the rest of the world -- to see the show.
The Storytellers Project Podcast showcases stories ranging from silly to solemn, though all sincere, and each storyteller was coached by a USA TODAY NETWORK journalist.
The tone, abetted by the music, is solemn, and the audience is never unaware of that solemnity.
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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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