solemn


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Solemn \Sol"emn\, a. [OE. solempne, OF. solempne, L. solemnis,
   solennis, sollemnis, sollennis; sollus all, entire + annus a
   year; properly, that takes place every year; -- used
   especially of religious solemnities. Cf. Silly, Annual.]
   1. Marked with religious rites and pomps; enjoined by, or
      connected with, religion; sacred.
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            His holy rites and solemn feasts profaned. --Milton.
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            The worship of this image was advanced, and a solemn
            supplication observed everry year.    --Bp.
                                                  Stillingfleet.
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   2. Pertaining to a festival; festive; festal. [Obs.] "On this
      solemn day." --Chaucer.
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   3. Stately; ceremonious; grand. [Archaic]
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            His feast so solemn and so rich.      --Chaucer.
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            To-night we hold a splemn supper.     --Shak.
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   4. Fitted to awaken or express serious reflections; marked by
      seriousness; serious; grave; devout; as, a solemn promise;
      solemn earnestness.
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            Nor wanting power to mitigate and swage
            With solemn touches troubled thoughts. --Milton.
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            There reigned a solemn silence over all. --Spenser.
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   5. Real; earnest; downright. [Obs. & R.]
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            Frederick, the emperor, . . . has spared no expense
            in strengthening this city; since which time we find
            no solemn taking it by the Turks.     --Fuller.
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   6. Affectedly grave or serious; as, to put on a solemn face.
      "A solemn coxcomb." --Swift.
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   7. (Law) Made in form; ceremonious; as, solemn war;
      conforming with all legal requirements; as, probate in
      solemn form. --Burrill. --Jarman. --Greenleaf.
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   Solemn League and Covenant. See Covenant, 2.
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   Syn: Grave; formal; ritual; ceremonial; sober; serious;
        reverential; devotional; devout. See Grave.
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