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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

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

A serious writer is not to be confounded with a solemn writer. A serious writer may be a hawk or a buzzard or even a popinjay, but a solemn writer is always a bloody owl.
Ernest Hemingway

I bear solemn witness to the fact that NATO heads of state and of government meet only to go through the tedious motions of reading speeches, drafted by others, with the principal objective of not rocking the boat.
Pierre Trudeau

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
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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
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