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solemn

[ sol-uhm ]SEE DEFINITION OF solemn
  • adj.quiet, serious
  • adj.impressive, sacred

Synonyms for solemn

  • dignified
  • earnest
  • funereal
  • glum
  • intense
  • pensive
  • portentous
  • reflective
  • sedate
  • sober
  • somber
  • stern
  • thoughtful
  • weighty
  • austere
  • brooding
  • cold sober
  • deliberate
  • downbeat
  • grave
  • heavy
  • matter of life and death
  • moody
  • no fooling
  • no-nonsense
  • staid
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Antonyms for solemn

  • cheerful
  • excited
  • happy
  • ignorant
  • joyful
  • light
  • lively
  • thoughtless
  • trivial
  • unimportant
  • unthoughtful
  • frivolous
  • funny
  • insignificant
  • laughing
  • ordinary
  • unimpressive
  • unsacred
  • usual
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SOLEMN

He has obtained from his son a solemn promise never to speak to me of marriage.

The old farmer had believed the solemn words of the impostor.

My promise is spoken; yours unspoken, but not the less real and solemn.

Harriett felt nothing but a strange, solemn excitement and exaltation.

The solemn mysteries have their place, but it is one of climax.

Mart met him at the door, a look of solemn determination on her face.

It is a solemn fact that in this greater excitement he had actually forgotten it!

But among all these frothy fabrications there lay a solemn warning.

Here is no place for reflection, for quiet or solemn thought.

I wuz only statin' the solemn facts and truth of the matter.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR SOLEMN

austere

adjectivesevere in manner

dignified

adjectivehonorable
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