So·lem·ni·ty n.; pl. Solemnities
1. A rite or ceremony performed with religious reverence; religious or ritual ceremony; as, the solemnity of a funeral, a sacrament.
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 honors to the god of day. --Pope.
2. ceremony adapted to impress with awe.
The forms and solemnities of the last judgment. --Atterburry.
3. Ceremoniousness; impressiveness; seriousness; grave earnestness; formal dignity; gravity.
With much glory and great solemnity. --Chaucer.
The statelines and gravity of the Spaniards shows itself in the solemnity of their language. --Addison.
These promises were often made with great solemnity and confirmed with an oath. --J. Edwards.
4. Hence, affected gravity or seriousness.
Solemnity 's a cover for a sot. --Young.
5. Solemn state or feeling; awe or reverence; also, that which produces such a feeling; as, the solemnity of an audience; the solemnity of Westminster Abbey.
6. Law A solemn or formal observance; proceeding according to due form; the formality which is necessary to render a thing done valid.
n 1: a trait of dignified seriousness [syn: sedateness, staidness,
2: a solemn and dignified feeling [syn: gravity] [ant: levity]