EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN verb (used with object), sol·em·nized, sol·em·niz·ing. to perform the ceremony of (marriage). to hold or perform (ceremonies, rites, etc.) in due manner. to observe or commemorate with rites or ceremonies: to solemnize an occasion with prayer. to go through with ceremony or formality. to render solemn, serious, or grave; dignify. verb (used without object), sol·em·nized, sol·em·niz·ing.
, especially British sol·em·nise. Origin of solemnize 1350–1400; Middle English solempnise
Medieval Latin sōlemnizāre,
Latin sōlemnis solemn
-izāre -ize Related forms sol·em·ni·za·tion, noun sol·em·niz·er, noun un·sol·em·nized, adjective
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Examples from the Web for solemnised Historical Examples of solemnised
Even the pirates seemed to be
solemnised by what had passed.
“That will be clever,” returned the chief,
solemnised in spite of himself.
Even the Indians were
solemnised by what appeared to be a death-scene.
“It was a narrow escape, Betsy,” said Marie,
solemnised by the incident.
Divine service was to be
solemnised every morning and evening. British Dictionary definitions for solemnised verb (tr) to celebrate or observe with rites or formal ceremonies, as a religious occasion to celebrate or perform the ceremony of (marriage) to make solemn or serious to perform or hold (ceremonies, etc) in due manner Derived Forms solemnization or solemnisation, noun solemnizer or solemniser, noun
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Word Origin and History for solemnised v.
late 14c., "honor by ceremonies," from Old French
solemnisier, from Medieval Latin solemnizare, from Latin solemnis (see solemn). Meaning "render solemn" is from 1726. Related: Solemnized; solemnizing.
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