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Meaning of SOLEMNITY

Pronunciation:  su'lemnitee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a trait of dignified seriousness
  2. [n]  a solemn and dignified feeling

SOLEMNITY is a 9 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: gravity, sedateness, solemness, staidness
 Antonyms: levity
 See Also: earnestness, earnestness, feeling, serious-mindedness, seriousness, seriousness, sincerity, sincerity



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\So*lem"ni*ty\, n.; pl. {Solemnities}. [L. solemnitas,
solennitas: cf. F. solennit['e], solemnit['e], OF. also
1. A rite or ceremony performed with religious reverence;
   religious or ritual ceremony; as, the solemnity of a
   funeral, a sacrament.

         Great was the cause; our old solemnities From no
         blind zeal or fond tradition rise, But saved from
         death, our Argives yearly pay These grateful honors
         to the god of day.                    --Pope.

2. ceremony adapted to impress with awe.

         The forms and solemnities of the last judgment.

3. Ceremoniousness; impressiveness; seriousness; grave
   earnestness; formal dignity; gravity.

         With much glory and great solemnity.  --Chaucer.

         The statelines and gravity of the Spaniards shows
         itself in the solemnity of their language.

         These promises were often made with great solemnity
         and confirmed with an oath.           --J. Edwards.

4. Hence, affected gravity or seriousness.

         Solemnity 's a cover for a sot.       --Young.

5. Solemn state or feeling; awe or reverence; also, that
   which produces such a feeling; as, the solemnity of an
   audience; the solemnity of Westminster Abbey.

6. (Law) A solemn or formal observance; proceeding according
   to due form; the formality which is necessary to render a
   thing done valid.