1. Marked with religious rites and pomps; enjoined by, or connected with, religion; sacred.
His holy rites and solemn feasts profaned. --Milton.
The worship of this image was advanced, and a solemn supplication observed everry year. --Bp. Stillingfleet.
2. Pertaining to a festival; festive; festal. [Obs.] “On this solemn day.”
3. Stately; ceremonious; grand. [Archaic]
His feast so solemn and so rich. --Chaucer.
To-night we hold a splemn supper. --Shak.
4. Fitted to awaken or express serious reflections; marked by seriousness; serious; grave; devout; as, a solemn promise; solemn earnestness.
Nor wanting power to mitigate and swage
With solemn touches troubled thoughts. --Milton.
There reigned a solemn silence over all. --Spenser.
5. Real; earnest; downright. [Obs. & R.]
Frederick, the emperor, . . . has spared no expense in strengthening this city; since which time we find no solemn taking it by the Turks. --Fuller.
6. Affectedly grave or serious; as, to put on a solemn face. “A solemn coxcomb.”
7. Law Made in form; ceremonious; as, solemn war; conforming with all legal requirements; as, probate in solemn form.
Solemn League and Covenant. See Covenant, 2.
Syn: -- Grave; formal; ritual; ceremonial; sober; serious; reverential; devotional; devout. See Grave.
adj 1: dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to
keeping promises; "a grave God-fearing man"; "a quiet
sedate nature"; "as sober as a judge"; "a solemn
promise"; "the judge was solemn as he pronounced
sentence" [syn: grave, sedate, sober]
2: characterized by a firm and humorless belief in the validity
of your opinions; "both sides were deeply in earnest, even
passionate"; "an entirely sincere and cruel tyrant"; "a
film with a solemn social message" [syn: earnest, in