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Word: solemnity

Definition: seriousness; gravity


Sentences Containing 'solemnity'

``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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.''
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.
And yet, instead of the silence and the solemnity demanded by the occasion, laughter and jests arose from the crowd.
``Yes,''said the paralytic with the same solemnity.
At length an honorable peer, Morcerf's acknowledged enemy, ascended the tribune with that solemnity which announced that the expected moment had arrived.
``Bah,''said Andrea, a little overcome, by the solemnity of Bertuccio's manner,``why not?''
``On the contrary, we shall meet again,''said Mercedes, pointing to heaven with solemnity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Affected by the solemnity of the scene, there was a wondering gaze of incredulous curiosity in his countenance.
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.

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