solemnity

[suh-lem-ni-tee]
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noun, plural so·lem·ni·ties.
  1. the state or character of being solemn; earnestness; gravity; impressiveness: the solemnity of a state funeral.
  2. Often solemnities. a solemn observance, ceremonial proceeding, or special formality: the solemnities of Easter.
  3. Law. a formality that renders an act or document valid.

Origin of solemnity

1250–1300; Middle English solempnete < Old French < Latin sollemnitās, equivalent to sollemnis solemn + -itās- -ity
Related formso·ver·so·lem·ni·ty, nounsem·i·so·lem·ni·ty, nounsu·per·so·lem·ni·ty, noun
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Related Words for solemnity

seriousness, earnestness, gravity, ceremony, impressiveness

Examples from the Web for solemnity

Contemporary Examples of solemnity

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Historical Examples of solemnity


British Dictionary definitions for solemnity

solemnity

noun plural -ties
  1. the state or quality of being solemn
  2. (often plural) solemn ceremony, observance, celebration, etc
  3. law a formality necessary to validate a deed, act, contract, etc
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Word Origin and History for solemnity
n.

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.

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