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ˈsɒl əmsolemn

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. grave, sedate, sober, solemnadjective

    dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises

    "a grave God-fearing man"; "a quiet sedate nature"; "as sober as a judge"; "a solemn promise"; "the judge was solemn as he pronounced sentence"

  2. earnest, sincere, solemnadjective

    characterized by a firm and humorless belief in the validity of your opinions

    "both sides were deeply in earnest, even passionate"; "an entirely sincere and cruel tyrant"; "a film with a solemn social message"


  1. solemnadjective

    Deeply serious and somber.

  2. solemnadjective

    Somberly impressive.

  3. solemnadjective

    Performed with great ceremony.

  4. solemnadjective


  5. solemnadjective

    Gloomy or sombre.

  6. Etymology: From solemne, from solempne, from solennis and solempnis, from solemnis, from sollemnis, from sollus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SOLEMNadjective

    Etymology: solemnel, French; solemnis, Latin.

    The worship of this image was advanced, and a solemn supplication observed every year. Edward Stillingfleet.

    His holy rites and solemn feasts profan’d. John Milton.

    Then ’gan he loudly through the house to call,
    But no one care to answer to his cry;
    There reigned a solemn silence over all. Fairy Queen.

    To ’swage with solemn touches troubled thoughts. John Milton.

    Nor then the solemn nightingale ceas’d warbling. John Milton.

    When Steele reflects upon the many solemn strong barriers to our succession of laws and oaths, he thinks all fear vanisheth: so do I, provided the epithet solemn goes for nothing; because though I have heard of a solemn day, and a solemn coxcomb, yet I can conceive no idea of a solemn barrier. Jonathan Swift.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Solemnadjective

    marked with religious rites and pomps; enjoined by, or connected with, religion; sacred

  2. Solemnadjective

    pertaining to a festival; festive; festal

  3. Solemnadjective

    stately; ceremonious; grand

  4. Solemnadjective

    fitted to awaken or express serious reflections; marked by seriousness; serious; grave; devout; as, a solemn promise; solemn earnestness

  5. Solemnadjective

    real; earnest; downright

  6. Solemnadjective

    affectedly grave or serious; as, to put on a solemn face

  7. Solemnadjective

    made in form; ceremonious; as, solemn war; conforming with all legal requirements; as, probate in solemn form

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Solemn

    sol′em, adj. attended with religions ceremonies, pomp, or gravity, originally taking place every year, said esp. of religious ceremonies: impressing with seriousness: awful: devout: having the appearance of gravity: devotional: attended with an appeal to God, as an oath: serious: sober, gloomy, black.—n. Solemnisā′tion.—v.t. Sol′emnise, to perform religiously or solemnly once a year, or periodically: to celebrate with due rites: to render grave.—ns. Sol′emniser; Solem′nity, a solemn religious ceremony: a ceremony adapted to inspire with awe: reverence: seriousness: affected gravity.—adv. sol′emnly.n. Sol′emnness. [O. Fr. solempne, solemne (Fr. solennel)—L. sollemnis, solennissollus, all, every, annus, a year.]

Anagrams for solemn »

  1. lemons

  2. Lemnos

  3. melons

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of solemn in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of solemn in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of solemn in a Sentence

  1. John Podesta:

    Electors have a solemn responsibility under the Constitution and we support their efforts to have their questions addressed.

  2. Mark Brnovich:

    Justice has been a long time coming in some of the most heinous crimes committed in our state, it is our solemn duty to fulfill these court-ordered sentences on behalf of the victims, their loved ones, and our communities.

  3. Josh Campbell:

    Every intelligence community employee understands their solemn duty to safeguard sensitive information from compromise by foreign adversaries, blatantly disregarding security policies by broadcasting from inside a SCIF represents the precise type of action that could lead to the firing of an intelligence community employee who acted in a similar manner.

  4. Robert Anson Heinlein:

    Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done. One could write a history of science in reverse by assembling the solemn pronouncements of highest authority about what could not be done and could never happen.

  5. RJ Intindola:

    My Broken Pieces A few weeks back, a longtime friend asked if I would meet her for lunch to discuss a new job offer. We sat in the restaurant for forty-five minutes discussing her new job opportunity when her face grew solemn. She sighed, staring down into her plate. I asked, “is everything all right,” knowing she did not ask me to meet to discuss a job offer. She said, “everything is fine, but I cannot get your story or quote about the broken pieces out of my mind.” She took a deep breath raised her head and, in half whisper, said, “it really described the broken pieces in my marriage? I answered, “when promises, borders and commitment are broken, and especially betrayal, the relationship may be repaired but never return to what it once was or could have been.” Before she left, she thanked me for giving her a copy. I refer to the story, as “The Broken Vase.” The Broken Vase Love and marriage are often broken by betrayal, lies and unkept promises. Betrayal is the ultimate form of deceit and deception. It reminded me of something I wrote many years ago about a vase that was knocked off the shelf and broken into many pieces. For a moment you’re not sure what to do but then you decide to try and repair it. Imagine trying to pick up the pieces of your life, left behind in the wake of betrayal. You must be methodical and cautious because your path is covered with egg shells. You realize it may not be the same as it once was, but would vase be good enough to keep. After all, you’ve had it for thirty years. When you believe all the pieces have been collected and placed on the table, you do one last search for the smallest pieces you may have missed. You find two small pieces, place them on the table and stare down at the broken pieces of something you cherished and was beautiful. Something so precious you often proudly displayed it to friends Over a period of three weeks, you managed to glue the vase back together. You slowly turn it around on the table and realize it is an archaic reproduction of its original form. There are holes in it created by pieces you did not find and never will. Like the pieces missing from your relationship. Held together by history and commitment but still broken. And severely damaged. The vase will never hold flowers again because it cannot hold water. And like your relationship, it has become fragile as you watch a piece fall off the vase when you lifted off the table. And when you think about the broken pieces collected from your relationship, you know that will also never be the same. As you held up the beautiful vase to show people it’s beauty, that now is simply a collection of glued pieces that resembles your relationship. You can no longer showcase your marriage. Only because of its history you place the vase back on the self, but it seems out of place and detracts from the ambience around it. After a few weeks you take the vase to your home office and place it on a shelf. A few weeks later, you sadly change the location to the closet. And like your relationship it has been moved to a different place. A dark place. When people say to you, you and your wife seem to get along very well. You think about showing them the vase. All that remains of the relationship is held together by glue. After several years you are still seeking out the missing pieces from your heart knowing deep inside you will never find. There’s only one way to get them back and that is to leave. But leaving will also mean breaking more pieces. Those are your two choices. If you leave, you will get back some of the pieces you lost but you would lose others by virtue of leaving.

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