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Definition of Solemn

Solemn

  1. Marked with religious rites and pomps; enjoined by, or connected with, religion; sacred.
  2. Pertaining to a festival; festive; festal.
  3. Stately; ceremonious; grand.
  4. Fitted to awaken or express serious reflections; marked by seriousness; serious; grave; devout; as, a solemn promise; solemn earnestness.
  5. Real; earnest; downright.
  6. Affectedly grave or serious; as, to put on a solemn face.
  7. Made in form; ceremonious; as, solemn war; conforming with all legal requirements; as, probate in solemn form.

Solemn Quotations

You will reciprocally promise love, loyalty and matrimonial honesty. We only want for you this day that these words constitute the principle of your entire life and that with the help of divine grace you will observe these solemn vows that today, before God, you formulate.
Pope John Paul II

I believe the most solemn duty of the American president is to protect the American people. If America shows uncertainty and weakness in this decade, the world will drift toward tragedy. This will not happen on my watch.
George W. Bush

While the laughter of joy is in full harmony with our deeper life, the laughter of amusement should be kept apart from it. The danger is too great of thus learning to look at solemn things in a spirit of mockery, and to seek in them opportunities for exercising wit.
Lewis Carroll

Walking at random through the streets, we came by chance upon the Cathedral of Notre Dame. I shall long remember my first impression of the scene within. The lofty gothic ceiling arched far above my head and through the stained windows the light came but dimly - it was all still, solemn and religious.
Bayard Taylor

Our religion is the traditions of our ancestors - the dreams of our old men, given them in solemn hours of the night by the Great Spirit; and the visions of our sachems, and is written in the hearts of our people.
Chief Seattle
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Solemn Translations

solemn in Dutch is plechtig, statig, plechtstatig
solemn in Finnish is juhlallinen
solemn in French is solennel
solemn in German is feierlich
solemn in Italian is solenne
solemn in Latin is serius
solemn in Spanish is solemne