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Word: solemnity

Definition: seriousness; gravity


Sentences Containing 'solemnity'

A certain mysterious feeling, consequent on the darkness, the secrecy of the revel, and the whisper in which everything was said, steals over me again, and I listen to all they tell me with a vague feeling of solemnity and awe, which makes me glad that they are all so near, and frightens me (though I feign to laugh) when Traddles pretends to see a ghost in the corner.
Affected by the solemnity of the scene, there was a wondering gaze of incredulous curiosity in his countenance.
And yet, instead of the silence and the solemnity demanded by the occasion, laughter and jests arose from the crowd.
At length an honorable peer, Morcerf's acknowledged enemy, ascended the tribune with that solemnity which announced that the expected moment had arrived.
By a separate decree of the same year 1955, Pope Pius XII instituted the feast of ""Saint Joseph the Worker"" on May 1 (moving the feast of ""Saints Philip and James Apostles"" from May 1, where it had been since the sixth century, to May 11, and suppressing the ""Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary"" that, since Pope Pius IX's decree of September 10, 1847, had been celebrated on the second Wednesday after the Octave of Easter).
Each new set of burgomasters visits the treasure, compares it with the books, receives it upon oath, and delivers it over, with the same awful solemnity to the set which succeeds; and in that sober and religious country, oaths are not yet disregarded.
Every day our garments become more assimilated to ourselves, receiving the impress of the wearer's character, until we hesitate to lay them aside without such delay and medical appliances and some such solemnity even as our bodies.
He then said with much solemnity: 'One thing more I have to do, before this separation is complete, and that is to perform an act of justice.
He threw over him his scarlet mantle, put on his head a montera of green velvet trimmed with silver edging, flung across his shoulder the baldric with his good trenchant sword, took up a large rosary that he always carried with him, and with great solemnity and precision of gait proceeded to the antechamber where the duke and duchess were already dressed and waiting for him.
He told me the names of dim capes and shadowy islands as we glided by them in the solemnity of the night, under the winking stars, and by and by got to talking about himself.
He took leave of his relations at Longbourn with as much solemnity as before; wished his fair cousins health and happiness again, and promised their father another letter of thanks.
Her vita reports that this desire was enhanced by a vision of the Church under the appearance of the full moon having one dark spot, which signified the absence of such a solemnity.
I BECOME NEGLECTED, AND AM PROVIDED FOR The first act of business Miss Murdstone performed when the day of the solemnity was over, and light was freely admitted into the house, was to give Peggotty a month's warning.
In some ascetic or puritan religious sects, an attitude of seriousness is always to be taken, and solemnity, sobriety, and puritanism with its hostility to social pleasures and indulgences are the only acceptable attitudes.
In the present Roman Missal, the feast is designated the solemnity of "The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ".
It was an illuminated book, with beautiful Gothic characters, and so weighty with gold, that a servant always carried it before the cardinal on days of great solemnity.
It was he who, having become Pope with the name of Urban IV in 1264, instituted the Solemnity of Corpus Christi on the Thursday after Pentecost as a feast of for the entire Latin Rite, by the papal bull "Transiturus de hoc mundo".
Mr. Collins was gratified, and with a more smiling solemnity replied:``It gives me great pleasure to hear that you have passed your time not disagreeably.
Peggotty knowing nothing about her, and my mother saying nothing about her, she was quite a mystery in the parlour; and the fact of her having a magazine of jewellers' cotton in her pocket, and sticking the article in her ears in that way, did not detract from the solemnity of her presence.
Seriousness (noun; adjective: serious) is an attitude of gravity, solemnity, persistence, and earnestness toward something considered to be of importance.
Since 1969, the General Roman Calendar celebrates 1 January as the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, referring to it also as the Octave of the Nativity.
The feast is liturgically celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday or, "where the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is not a Holy Day of Obligation, it is assigned to the Sunday after the Most Holy Trinity as its proper day".
The Feast of Corpus Christi (Latin for "Body of Christ"), also known as Corpus Domini, is a Latin Rite liturgical solemnity celebrating the tradition and belief in the body and blood of Jesus Christ and his Real Presence in the Eucharist. It emphasizes the joy of the institution of the Eucharist, which was observed on Holy Thursday in the somber atmosphere of the nearness of Good Friday.
The masts reeled, and the sails fell altogether, while we who were below all sprang instantly upon the deck, concluding that we had struck upon some rock; instead of this we saw the monster sailing off with the utmost gravity and solemnity.
The promised letter of thanks from Mr. Collins arrived on Tuesday, addressed to their father, and written with all the solemnity of gratitude which a twelvemonth's abode in the family might have prompted.
The strange figure he presented filled Don Fernando and the rest with amazement as they contemplated his lean yellow face half a league long, his armour of all sorts, and the solemnity of his deportment.
Then, rising and extending his hand with an air of solemnity over the old man's head, he slowly added,``By the blood of Christ I swear never to leave you while you live.''
``Bah,''said Andrea, a little overcome, by the solemnity of Bertuccio's manner,``why not?''
``Forbid it,''proceeded Mr. Cruncher, with additional solemnity, additional slowness, and additional tendency to hold forth and hold out,``as anything wot I have ever said or done should be wisited on my earnest wishes for them poor creeturs now!
``On the contrary, we shall meet again,''said Mercedes, pointing to heaven with solemnity.
``Yes,''said the paralytic with the same solemnity.

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::: derogatory - expressing a low opinion; disparaging; V. derogate: detract; disparage
::: vantage - position giving an advantage (such as a strategic point); CF. vantagepoint
::: impregnable - invulnerable; impossible to capture or enter by force; Ex. impregnable fort/argument; CF. take
::: infernal - pertaining to hell; devilish; N. inferno: place of fiery heat or destruction
::: incrustation - hard coating or crust; V. incrust: encrust; cover with a crust
::: palatial - of or suitable for a palace; magnificent
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