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solemn 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 earnest(p), sincere]

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From sollemnis via solemnis, solennis and solempnis, and solemne solempne.



  1. Deeply serious and somber.
  2. Somberly impressive.
  3. Performed with great ceremony.
  4. Sacred.
  5. Gloomy or sombre.


deeply serious and somber
somberly impressive
performed with great ceremony
gloomy or sombre

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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