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."
3. Stately; ceremonious; grand.
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
Nor wanting power to mitigate and swageMilton.
With solemn touches troubled thoughts.
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."
(Law) Made in form; ceremonious; as,
solemn war; conforming with all legal requirements; as, probate in
Solemn League and Covenant. See Covenant, 2.
Syn. -- Grave; formal; ritual; ceremonial; sober; serious; reverential; devotional; devout. See Grave.
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