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solemnity

[suh-lem-ni-tee] /səˈlɛm nɪ ti/
noun, plural solemnities.
1.
the state or character of being solemn; earnestness; gravity; impressiveness:
the solemnity of a state funeral.
2.
Often, solemnities. a solemn observance, ceremonial proceeding, or special formality:
the solemnities of Easter.
3.
Law. a formality that renders an act or document valid.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English solempnete < Old French < Latin sollemnitās, equivalent to sollemnis solemn + -itās- -ity
Related forms
oversolemnity, noun
semisolemnity, noun
supersolemnity, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for solemnities

solemnity

/səˈlɛmnɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the state or quality of being solemn
2.
(often pl) solemn ceremony, observance, celebration, etc
3.
(law) a formality necessary to validate a deed, act, contract, etc
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Word Origin and History for solemnities

solemnity

n.

c.1300, "observance of ceremony," from Old French solemnite, solempnete "celebration, high festival, church ceremony" and directly from Latin solemnitatem (nominative solemnitas) "a solemnity," from sollemnis (see solemn). Meaning "state of being solemn" is from 1712. Related: Solemnities.

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