It nonetheless remains no more impossible than a rainbow rising ebullient from the solemn depths of a memorial pool.
No putdowns, no jokes, no frivolity whatever—he was most solemn and his eyes focused somewhere far beyond the back of my head.
Inspiring rhetoric and solemn promises can do only so much for an incumbent administration.
They stood in a single row, united by solemn respect as the Liu family remained inside.
Let us use the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address to rededicate ourselves to this solemn purpose.
The solemn prelude began from a full concert of the various instruments.
A solemn sacrifice, performed in state, You drink by measure, and to minutes eat.
She moved a little nearer him, eyes holding his own in solemn questioning.
Where are the shadows of the solemn hills, And the fresh music of the summer rills?
Ruth, for the sake of effect, joked on the most solemn subjects.
mid-14c., "performed with due religious ceremony or reverence, sacred, devoted to religious observances," also, of a vow, etc., "made under religious sanction, binding," from Old French solempne (12c., Modern French solennel) and directly from Latin sollemnis "annual, established, religiously fixed, formal, ceremonial, traditional," perhaps related to sollus "whole" (see safe (adj.)).
"The explanation that Latin sollemnis was formed from sollus whole + annus year is not considered valid" [Barnhart], but some assimilation via folk-etymology is possible. In Middle English also "famous, important; imposing, grand," hence Chaucer's friar, a ful solempne man. Meaning "marked by seriousness or earnestness" is from late 14c.; sense of "fitted to inspire devout reflection" is from c.1400. Related: Solemnly.