Solemnity

Definition of Solemnity

So`lem´ni`ty
n.1.A rite or ceremony performed with religious reverence; religious or ritual ceremony; as, the solemnity of a funeral, a sacrament.
Great was the cause; our old solemnities
From no blind zeal or fond tradition rise,
But saved from death, our Argives yearly pay
These grateful honors to the god of day.
- Pope.
2.ceremony adapted to impress with awe.
The forms and solemnities of the last judgment.
- Atterburry.
3.Ceremoniousness; impressiveness; seriousness; grave earnestness; formal dignity; gravity.
With much glory and great solemnity.
- Chaucer.
The statelines and gravity of the Spaniards shows itself in the solemnity of their language.
- Addison.
These promises were often made with great solemnity and confirmed with an oath.
- J. Edwards.
4.Hence, affected gravity or seriousness.
Solemnity 's a cover for a sot.
- Young.
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.(Law) A solemn or formal observance; proceeding according to due form; the formality which is necessary to render a thing done valid.

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