Origin of solemnity
Examples from the Web for solemnity
Ghusul is a ritual cleansing from head to toe, in this instance performed with all the solemnity of a trip to a water park.ISIS Has a Bigger Coalition Than We Do
October 15, 2014
The Roman Catholic Church refers to it as the “Solemnity of All Saints.”The Meaning of "Halloween"
October 29, 2010
You know, my dear, that there is a good deal of solemnity among us.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
But I can say, and say with truth, and solemnity, that the idee didn't scare me none.Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 4.
Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
We marched along like this with all the stateliness and solemnity of camels!My Double Life
Satisfied by the solemnity of my promise, Olivia now suffered me to depart.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
What he said was very gentle, and it seemed to me it was his solemnity that made him gentle.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
- the state or quality of being solemn
- (often plural) solemn ceremony, observance, celebration, etc
- law a formality necessary to validate a deed, act, contract, etc
Word Origin and History for solemnity
c.1300, "observance of ceremony," from Old French solemnite, solempnete "celebration, high festival, church ceremony" and directly from Latin solemnitatem (nominative solemnitas) "a solemnity," from sollemnis (see solemn). Meaning "state of being solemn" is from 1712. Related: Solemnities.