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ceremonious

[ser-uh-moh-nee-uh s] /ˌsɛr əˈmoʊ ni əs/
adjective
1.
carefully observant of ceremony; formally or elaborately polite:
He greeted his rival with a ceremonious display of friendship.
2.
pertaining to, marked by, or consisting of ceremony; formal:
a ceremonious reception.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; ceremony + -ous; compare Middle French cerimonieux < Late Latin caerimōniōsus
Related forms
ceremoniously, adverb
ceremoniousness, noun
anticeremonious, adjective
anticeremoniously, adverb
anticeremoniousness, noun
nonceremonious, adjective
nonceremoniously, adverb
nonceremoniousness, noun
superceremonious, adjective
superceremoniously, adverb
superceremoniousness, noun
Can be confused
ceremonial, ceremonious.
Synonyms
1. ceremonial; conventional, punctilious.
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Examples for ceremoniously
  • Perhaps if you are opening a bottle ceremoniously it matters less.
  • Always hoist the flag briskly and lower it ceremoniously.
  • To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.
  • It should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.
  • The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.
  • The flag should be folded neatly and ceremoniously when stored.
British Dictionary definitions for ceremoniously

ceremonious

/ˌsɛrɪˈməʊnɪəs/
adjective
1.
especially or excessively polite or formal
2.
observing ceremony; involving formalities
Derived Forms
ceremoniously, adverb
ceremoniousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for ceremoniously

ceremonious

adj.

1550s, from Middle French cérémonieux or directly from Late Latin caerimoniosus, from Latin caerimonia (see ceremony). Meaning "full of show and ceremony" is from 1610s. Related: Ceremoniously; ceremoniousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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