Sol"emn (?), a. [OE. solempne, OF. solempne, L. solemnis, solennis, sollemnis, sollennis; sollus all, entire + annus a year; properly, that takes place every year; -- used especially of religious solemnities. Cf. Silly, Annual.]
Marked with religious rites and pomps; enjoined by, or connected with, religion; sacred.
His holy rites and solemn feasts profaned.
The worship of this image was advanced, and a solemn supplication observed everry year.
Pertaining to a festival; festive; festal.
[Obs.] "On this solemn
Stately; ceremonious; grand.
His feast so solemn and so rich.
To-night we hold a splemn supper.
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.
There reigned a solemn silence over all.
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.
Affectedly grave or serious; as, to put on a solemn face.
Made in form; ceremonious; as, solemn war; conforming with all legal requirements; as, probate in solemn form.
Burrill. Jarman. Greenleaf.
Solemn League and Covenant. See Covenant, 2.
Syn. -- Grave; formal; ritual; ceremonial; sober; serious; reverential; devotional; devout. See Grave.
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