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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

From the solemn gloom of the temple children run out to sit in the dust, God watches them play and forgets the priest.
Rabindranath Tagore

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

Feasts must be solemn and rare, or else they cease to be feasts.
Aldous Huxley

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

Our errors are surely not such awfully solemn things. In a world where we are so certain to incur them in spite of all our caution, a certain lightness of heart seems healthier than this excessive nervousness on their behalf.
William James
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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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