solemn

[sol-uhm]
adjective
1.
grave, sober, or mirthless, as a person, the face, speech, tone, or mood: solemn remarks.
2.
gravely or somberly impressive; causing serious thoughts or a grave mood: solemn music.
3.
serious or earnest: solemn assurances.
4.
characterized by dignified or serious formality, as proceedings; of a formal or ceremonious character: a solemn occasion.
5.
made in due legal or other express form, as a declaration or agreement: a solemn oath.
6.
marked or observed with religious rites; having a religious character: a solemn holy day.
7.
uttered, prescribed, or made according to religious forms: a solemn ban on sacrifice.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English solem(p)ne (< Old French) < Late Latin sōlennis, sōlempnis, Latin sōlemnis, variant of sollemnis consecrated, holy, derivative of sollus whole

solemnly, adverb
solemnness, noun
oversolemn, adjective
oversolemnly, adverb
oversolemnness, noun
semisolemn, adjective
semisolemnly, adverb
semisolemnness, noun
supersolemn, adjective
supersolemnly, adverb
supersolemnness, noun
unsolemn, adjective
unsolemnly, adverb
unsolemnness, noun


1. unsmiling, serious. See grave2. 2. august, imposing, stately. 4. ritual, ceremonial. 6. devotional, sacred.


1. humorous. 2. trivial.
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solemn (ˈsɒləm)
 
adj
1.  characterized or marked by seriousness or sincerity: a solemn vow
2.  characterized by pomp, ceremony, or formality
3.  serious, glum, or pompous
4.  inspiring awe: a solemn occasion
5.  performed with religious ceremony
6.  gloomy or sombre: solemn colours
 
[C14: from Old French solempne, from Latin sōllemnis appointed, perhaps from sollus whole]
 
'solemnly
 
adv
 
'solemnness
 
n
 
'solemness
 
n

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solemn
late 13c., from O.Fr. solempne (Fr. solennel), from L. sollemnis "formal, ceremonial, traditional," perhaps related to sollus "whole" (see safe (adj.). Solemnize is recorded from late 14c.
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Example sentences
His solemn expression accompanies a quiet wit and a sardonic sense of humor.
She spoke in hushed, giddy laughter, somehow as perfectly solemn as it was
  light.
At the same time, a welcoming remark should be serious, lest you suggest that
  the occasion is not a solemn one.
Though the trailer is said to capture the game's solemn tone and setting, it is
  not the same thing.
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