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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

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

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

Writing for the page is only one form of writing for the eye. Wherever solemn inscriptions are put up in public places, there is a sense that the site and the occasion demand a form of writing which goes beyond plain informative prose. Each word is so valued that the letters forming it are seen as objects of solemn beauty.
James Fenton

Everything has two sides - the outside that is ridiculous, and the inside that is solemn.
Olive Schreiner
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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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