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Definition of Solemnity

Solemnity

  1. A rite or ceremony performed with religious reverence; religious or ritual ceremony; as, the solemnity of a funeral, a sacrament.
  2. ceremony adapted to impress with awe.
  3. Ceremoniousness; impressiveness; seriousness; grave earnestness; formal dignity; gravity.
  4. Hence, affected gravity or seriousness.
  5. Solemn state or feeling; awe or reverence; also, that which produces such a feeling; as, the solemnity of an audience; the solemnity of Westminster Abbey.
  6. A solemn or formal observance; proceeding according to due form; the formality which is necessary to render a thing done valid.

Solemnity Quotations

If you're serious, you really understand that it's important that you laugh as much as possible and admit that you're the funniest person you ever met. You have to laugh. Admit that you're funny. Otherwise, you die in solemnity.
Maya Angelou

Because of its tremendous solemnity death is the light in which great passions, both good and bad, become transparent, no longer limited by outward appearences.
Soren Kierkegaard

Solemnity is proper in church, but things that are proper in church are not necessarily proper outside, and vice versa. For example, I can say a prayer while washing my teeth, but that does not mean I should wash my teeth in church.
C. S. Lewis

Some people write heavily, some write lightly. I prefer the light approach because I believe there is a great deal of false reverence about. There is too much solemnity and intensity in dealing with sacred matters; too much speaking in holy tones.
C. S. Lewis

There is no absurdity so palpable but that it may be firmly planted in the human head if you only begin to inculcate it before the age of five, by constantly repeating it with an air of great solemnity.
Arthur Schopenhauer
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Solemnity Translations

solemnity in German is Festlichkeit, Feierlichkeit
solemnity in Spanish is solemnidad
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