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solemn

sol·emn

solemn

 
 
pronunciation:
sa lm
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: serious or grave in appearance, sound, or mood.
He wore such a solemn expression that I feared what he had to say.We were all in a solemn mood after we heard the news of the tragedy.Our minister always speaks in solemn tones.A funeral is a solemn occasion.
synonyms:
earnest, grave, serious, sober
antonyms:
amusing, jocular, lighthearted, uproarious
similar words:
austere, gloomy, grim, pensive, reserved, somber, staid, stern, thoughtful, weighty
definition 2: profound because of great seriousness or gravity, or because attended by high ceremony.
The event was a solemn observance of the anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King, Jr.The coronation was a solemn and splendid occasion.
synonyms:
awful, ceremonial, formal, majestic
antonyms:
frivolous
similar words:
ceremonious, dignified, grand, grave, imposing, impressive, moving, pompous, profound, serious, stately
definition 3: deeply sincere, sometimes because religious in character.
He gave her a solemn promise.
synonyms:
earnest, heartfelt
antonyms:
insincere
similar words:
fervent, genuine, grave, holy, reverential, sacred, serious, sincere, steadfast, true
derivations: solemnly (adv.), solemnness (n.)
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