Solemnities
Solemnity So*lem"ni*ty, n.; pl. {Solemnities}. [L. solemnitas, solennitas: cf. F. solennit['e], solemnit['e], OF. also sollempnit['e].] 1. A rite or ceremony performed with religious reverence; religious or ritual ceremony; as, the solemnity of a funeral, a sacrament. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

2. ceremony adapted to impress with awe. [1913 Webster]

The forms and solemnities of the last judgment. --Atterburry. [1913 Webster]

3. Ceremoniousness; impressiveness; seriousness; grave earnestness; formal dignity; gravity. [1913 Webster]

With much glory and great solemnity. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

The statelines and gravity of the Spaniards shows itself in the solemnity of their language. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

These promises were often made with great solemnity and confirmed with an oath. --J. Edwards. [1913 Webster]

4. Hence, affected gravity or seriousness. [1913 Webster]

Solemnity 's a cover for a sot. --Young. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

6. (Law) A solemn or formal observance; proceeding according to due form; the formality which is necessary to render a thing done valid. [1913 Webster]


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