Definitions for solemnity
səˈlɛm nɪ tisolem·ni·ty
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sedateness, staidness, solemnity, solemnessnoun
a trait of dignified seriousness
a solemn and dignified feeling
The quality of being deeply serious and sober or solemn.
An instance or example of solemn behavior.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: solemnité, French; from solemn.
Great was the cause; our old solemnities
From no blind zeal or fond tradition rise;
But, sav’d from death, our Argives yearly pay
These grateful honours to the god of day. Alexander Pope.
The lady Constance,
Some speedy messenger bid repair
To our solemnity. William Shakespeare, King John.
The moon, like to a silver bow,
New bent in heaven, shall behold the night
Of our solemnities. William Shakespeare.
There may be great danger in using such compositions in churches, at arraignments, plays, and solemnities. Francis Bacon.
What fun’ral pomp shall floating Tiber see,
When rising from his bed he views the sad solemnity! Dryd.
Though the forms and solemnities of the last judgment may bear some resemblance to those we are acquainted with here, yet the rule of proceeding shall be very different. Francis Atterbury.
With much more skilful cruelty, and horrible solemnity, he caused each thing to be prepared for his triumph of tyranny. Philip Sidney.
The stateliness and gravity of the Spaniards shews itself in the solemnity of their language. Joseph Addison, Spectator.
A diligent decency was in Polycletus, above others; to whom though the highest praise be attributed by the most, yet some think he wanted solemness. Henry Wotton, Architecture.
Pr’ythee, Virgilia, turn thy solemness out o’ door,
And go along with us. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.
This speech ended with a solemnity of accent. Fem. Quixote.
In the liturgical calendar of the Roman Rite, a solemnity is a feast day of the highest rank celebrating a mystery of faith such as the Trinity, an event in the life of Jesus, his mother Mary, his earthly father Joseph, or another important saint. The observance begins with the vigil on the evening before the actual date of the feast. Unlike feast days of the rank of feast (other than feasts of the Lord) or those of the rank of memorial, solemnities replace the celebration of Sundays outside Advent, Lent, and Easter (those in Ordinary Time).The word comes from postclassical Latin sollemnitas, meaning a solemnity, festival, celebration of a day.
Solemnity is the state or quality of being serious, sincere, or deeply earnest. It often relates to formal or dignified behaviors and occasions, such as ceremonies or proceedings. It can also refer to a solemn or serious atmosphere or mood.
a rite or ceremony performed with religious reverence; religious or ritual ceremony; as, the solemnity of a funeral, a sacrament
ceremony adapted to impress with awe
ceremoniousness; impressiveness; seriousness; grave earnestness; formal dignity; gravity
hence, affected gravity or seriousness
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
a solemn or formal observance; proceeding according to due form; the formality which is necessary to render a thing done valid
Etymology: [L. solemnitas, solennitas: cf. F. solennit, solemnit, OF. also sollempnit.]
A solemnity is the highest ranking feast day in the liturgical calendar of the Roman Rite, celebrating a mystery of faith such as the Trinity, an event in the life of Jesus, his mother Mary, or another important saint. The observance begins with the vigil on the evening before the actual date of the feast. Unlike feast days of the rank of feast or those of the rank of memorial, solemnities replace the celebration of Sundays outside of Advent, Lent and Easter. The word comes from Latin sollemnitas, derived from sollus and annus, indicating an annual celebration.
The numerical value of solemnity in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of solemnity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
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.
For me, it's too distracting from the solemnity, the austerity that I want to experience on my own.
Donald Trump was speaking two days ahead of the Republican primary in Indiana, where the latest polls show Donald Trump holding a double-digit lead over Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. At a rally in La Porte Sunday night, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz urged Indiana voters to help Texas Sen. Ted Cruz deny Donald Trump the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the nomination prior to the Republican convention. I believe in the men and women gathered here and the goodness of the American people that we will not give into evil, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said at one point. All across this country, millions of Americans right now are praying for you. You’re being lifted up in prayer right now. Any solemnity the occasion had was interrupted by a young boy who heckled Texas Sen. Ted Cruz repeatedly, including with the phrase, You suck ! One of the things that hopefully someone has told you is that children should actually speak with respect.
I haven’t spoken to [House Speaker Nancy Pelosi]today about this. Look, I know that everybody wants to focus on trial tactics and strategy and so on. I want people to focus on the solemnity and the gravity of these events.
His reburial at the end of the week will have all the dignity and solemnity that his original burial never had.
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