solemn + -ity, from Middle English solemnity (“observance of formality and ceremony”), frequently in the phrases in solemnity, with solemnity, which from Old French solemnite, from Latin sollemnitās, from sollemnis. (Compare solemn.)
- The quality of being deeply serious and sober or solemn.
- the solemnity of a funeral
- 1711 August 15, Joseph Addison; Richard Steele, “SATURDAY, August 4, 1711 [Julian calendar]”, in The Spectator, number 158, London: J[acob] and R[ichard] Tonson, OCLC 1026609121; republished in Alexander Chalmers, editor, The Spectator; a New Edition, Carefully Revised, in Six Volumes: With Prefaces Historical and Biographical, volume 2, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, 1853, OCLC 191120697:
- The stateliness and gravity of the Spaniards shows itself in the solemnity of their language.
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- These promises were often made with great solemnity and confirmed with an oath.
- An instance or example of solemn behavior; a rite or ceremony performed with reverence.
- 1703, Alexander Pope, transl., “The Thebais of Statius”, in The Works of Alexander Pope, London: H. Lintont et al., published 1751:
- Great was the cause; our old solemnities / From no blind zeal or fond tradition rise, / But saved from death, our Argives yearly pay / These grateful honours to the god of day.
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- The forms and solemnities of the last judgment.
- (Catholicism) A feast day of the highest rank celebrating a mystery of faith such as the Trinity, an event in the life of Jesus, the Virgin Mary, or another important saint.
- (law) A solemn or formal observance; proceeding according to due form; the formality which is necessary to render a thing done valid.
- (obsolete) A celebration or festivity.
quality of being solemn
instance of solemn behavior
- ^ “solemnity” in the The New Oxford American Dictionary, Second Edition, Oxford University Press, 2005