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Meaning of SOLEMN

Pronunciation:  'sâlum

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  characterized by a firm and humorless belief in the validity of your opinions; "both sides were deeply in earnest, even passionate"; "an entirely sincere and cruel tyrant"; "a film with a solemn social message"
  2. [adj]  dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises; "a grave God-fearing man"; "a quiet sedate nature"; "as sober as a judge"; "a solemn promise"; "the judge was solemn as he pronounced sentence"
 

SOLEMN is a 6 letter word that starts with S.

 

 Synonyms: earnest, grave, in earnest(p), sedate, serious, sincere, sober
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Sol"emn\, a. [OE. solempne, OF. solempne, L. solemnis,
solennis, sollemnis, sollennis; sollus all, entire + annus a
year; properly, that takes place every year; -- used
especially of religious solemnities. Cf. {Silly}, {Annual}.]
1. Marked with religious rites and pomps; enjoined by, or
   connected with, religion; sacred.

         His holy rites and solemn feasts profaned. --Milton.

         The worship of this image was advanced, and a solemn
         supplication observed everry year.    --Bp.
                                               Stillingfleet.

2. Pertaining to a festival; festive; festal. [Obs.] ``On
   this solemn day.'' --Chaucer.

3. Stately; ceremonious; grand. [Archaic]

         His feast so solemn and so rich.      --Chaucer.

         To-night we hold a splemn supper.     --Shak.

4. Fitted to awaken or express serious reflections; marked by
   seriousness; serious; grave; devout; as, a solemn promise;
   solemn earnestness.

         Nor wanting power to mitigate and swage With solemn
         touches troubled thoughts.            --Milton.

         There reigned a solemn silence over all. --Spenser.

5. Real; earnest; downright. [Obs. & R.]

         Frederick, the emperor, . . . has spared no expense
         in strengthening this city; since which time we find
         no solemn taking it by the Turks.     --Fuller.

6. Affectedly grave or serious; as, to put on a solemn face.
   ``A solemn coxcomb.'' --Swift.

7. (Law) Made in form; ceremonious; as, solemn war;
   conforming with all legal requirements; as, probate in
   solemn form. --Burrill. --Jarman. --Greenleaf.

{Solemn League and Covenant}. See {Covenant}, 2.

Syn: Grave; formal; ritual; ceremonial; sober; serious;
     reverential; devotional; devout. See {Grave}.

 

 

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