Irene Prusik died that same month, and Parkin solemnly posed for a snapshot beside the open casket.
In America: The National Catholic Review, for example, John Nassivera solemnly intones that ectogenesis is “a very serious thing.”
“So sad,” the former president of Pakistan muttered under his breath as he solemnly read the news from home.
Garcia solemnly announced that did not end the matter; Spitzer was to be the subject of a criminal investigation.
“There is a revolution coming,” Professor Reich solemnly proclaimed.
Pascal, however, failed to save his friend; in February 1656 Arnauld was solemnly degraded.
“Do not let us talk any more about it,” said Philip, solemnly.
solemnly, sublimely the pious tones of the glorious composition floated upwards through the silent air.
And of my fealty, so solemnly sworn, Caterina knoweth naught.
The city surrendered without a blow, and the next day she was solemnly enthroned there as Duchess of Brabant.
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.