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In English, the extension of solemn from applying to rites, ceremonies, holy days, or oaths to nonreligious actions or feelings arose in the mid-15th century. One imagines early religious rites and ceremonies as being (like modern ones) serious and reverential affairs, and that the individuals performing or participating in them did so with a corresponding grave and serious demeanor. So it is not hard to see how the current sense of "grave, sober, or mirthless" developed: applying first to the people who participated in religious rites, and then losing the connection with the rites themselves.
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It was an impromptu, solemn gesture to acknowledge racial inequalities in America.How do Americans feel about the anthem at sporting events? It depends which Americans you ask.|Michael Lee, Scott Clement, Emily Guskin|May 21, 2021|Washington Post
There’s an inherent goofiness to dog clothing that could seem disrespectful at solemn events, for instance, or professional workplaces.
This, however, is Alison Lurie, who never confuses the serious with the solemn.Alison Lurie, Pulitzer-winning novelist of mordant wit and boundless empathy, dies at 94|Phoebe Connelly|December 4, 2020|Washington Post
However solemn the content, the experience is like watching television.Miss Manners: People at home acting as though they’re at home|Judith Martin, Nicholas Martin, Jacobina Martin|November 10, 2020|Washington Post
They stood in a single row, united by solemn respect as the Liu family remained inside.
Somewhat coyly, Skidmore admits that “Richard was to break this solemn vow in spectacular style.”Three Dicks: Cheney, Nixon, Richard III and the Art of Reputation Rehab|Clive Irving|July 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The parade was solemn, with reverent music and the call-and-response singing of two choirs.The First Americans to Observe the 4th Were Moravian Pacifists|Linda C. Brinson|July 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
No putdowns, no jokes, no frivolity whatever—he was most solemn and his eyes focused somewhere far beyond the back of my head.
Third, he started writing Indian-style songs, all curry powder and souvenirs from the Taj Mahal, very solemn.
Joe looked at her with a smile, his face still solemn and serious for all its youth and the fires of new-lit hope behind his eyes.
So he bore down on the solemn declaration that she stood face to face with a prison term for perjury.
They were just about to celebrate tabagie, or a solemn feast, over his last farewell.
Please advise the surrender as soon as possible in order to give due and solemn publicity to the event.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
The upraised hand, the potent silence, the solemn gaze of a hundred eyes was too much for the old man to bear.The Soldier of the Valley|Nelson Lloyd