Solemnity

So*lem"ni*ty

(?), n.;
pl. Solemnities (#).
[L. solemnitas, solennitas: cf. F. solennit, solemnit, OF. also sollempnit.] 1. A rite or ceremony performed with religious reverence; religious or ritual ceremony; as, the solemnity of a funeral, a sacrament.
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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.
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2. ceremony adapted to impress with awe.
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The forms and solemnities of the last judgment.
Atterburry.
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3. Ceremoniousness; impressiveness; seriousness; grave earnestness; formal dignity; gravity.
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With much glory and great solemnity.
Chaucer.
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The statelines and gravity of the Spaniards shows itself in the solemnity of their language.
Addison.
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These promises were often made with great solemnity and confirmed with an oath.
J. Edwards.
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4. Hence, affected gravity or seriousness.
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Solemnity 's a cover for a sot.
Young.
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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.
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6. (Law) A solemn or formal observance; proceeding according to due form; the formality which is necessary to render a thing done valid.
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