Origin of solemn
Synonyms for solemn
Antonyms for solemn
Related Words for solemnnessacuteness, concern, consequence, exigency, graveness, momentousness, sedateness, severity, significance, sobriety, solemnity, staidness, urgency, weightiness
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Both me and Sister Hilda-Antony felt there was a strange and awful stillness and solemnness about the place.The Dop Doctor
Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
Word Origin for solemn
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.