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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

1. A rite or ceremony annualy performed with religious reverence. Great was the cause; our old solemnities from no blind zeal or fond tradition rise, but sav'd from death, our Arguves yearly pay these grateful honors to the god of day.
[Solemnities seems here to include the sense of anniversary. See the fourth line. But in modern usage, that sense is rarely or never attached to the word.]
2. A religious ceremony; a ritual performance attended with religious reverence; as the solemnity of a funral or of a sacrament.
3. A ceremony adapted to impress awe; as the solemnities of the last day.
4. Manner of acting awfully serious. With horrible solemnity he caused every thing to be prepared for his triumph of victory.
5. Gravity; steady seriouness; as the solemnity of the Spanish language.
6. Affected gravity. Solemnity's a cover for a sot.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a trait of dignified seriousness [syn: sedateness, staidness, solemnity, solemness]
2: a solemn and dignified feeling [syn: gravity, solemnity] [ant: levity]

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural -ties) Date: 14th century 1. formal or ceremonious observance of an occasion or event 2. a solemn event or occasion 3. a solemn condition or quality <the solemnity of his words>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (pl. -ies) 1 the state of being solemn; a solemn character or feeling; solemn behaviour. 2 a rite or celebration; a piece of ceremony. Etymology: ME f. OF solemnité f. L sollemnitas -tatis (as SOLEMN)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Solemnity So*lem"ni*ty, n.; pl. Solemnities. [L. solemnitas, solennitas: cf. F. solennit['e], solemnit['e], OF. also sollempnit['e].] 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.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

see solemn

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Rite (religious), ceremonial, observance, ceremony, celebration, office. 2. Awfulness, sacredness, sanctity. 3. Seriousness, gravity, impressiveness.

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