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He took a solemn oath.
  very serious—and often dignified
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solemn solemnly solemnness
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  • He took a solemn oath.
  • Everyone was solemn at the funeral.
  • "Wild horses won’t drag the secret from me," promised Anne solemnly.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • Henry liked fun and avoided when he could any solemn or serious matter, for he confused these with sorrow.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden

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  • the Representatives of the united States of America ... solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States;
    Thomas Jefferson et al.  --  The Declaration of Independence
  • and then a solemn hush fell upon the church
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • In a solemn voice, he said, "We won’t talk about this again."
    Wilson Rawls  --  Where the Red Fern Grows
  • "People of New England!" cried he, with a voice that rose over them, high, solemn, and majestic
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • The animals slain in the battle were given a solemn funeral.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • We walked through empty passages and into the great hall where the World Council of Scholars sat in solemn meeting.
    Ayn Rand  --  Anthem

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  • I give you my solemn word,
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • Responsibility. That was what was needed—somebody to take it as a solemn vow.
    Tim O’Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • The Giver’s face took on a solemn look.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • ...and the parson begun his solemn talk...
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • I was rather literary in college — one year I wrote a series of very solemn and obvious editorials for the "Yale News."
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Candy nodded solemnly.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • "He does not go to visit," Ultima said solemnly.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • "I hear Reb Boruch is a solemn man," Gitl said carefully.
    Jane Yolen  --  The Devils Arithmetic
  • The gathering procession was solemn, for they sensed the importance of this day,
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • ...there was a solemn promise that neither side would use Magic.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Magician’s Nephew
  • His nature was not changed by one hour of solemn prayer:
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The drive back to Daly City was solemn.
    Dave Pelzer  --  A Child Called It
  • She nodded silently, solemnly, as if not trusting herself to find the right words of acceptance.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Peter was silent and solemn as he received these gifts, for he felt they were a very serious kind of present.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • So he [the priest] looked up at the sky for a minute and said solemnly:  "What the jungle has taken the jungle has restored."
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
  • He raised his cap and said solemnly, Goodbye, umfundisi.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • "I’m one hundred and four years old," he told her solemnly.
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting
  • tomorrow was the day appointed for his solemn crowning as King of England.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • These deep eyes were now surveying them, slow and solemn,
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • I looked at her solemnly.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • like an old drunk preparing a solemn face for court.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • His face was stony, solemn, as he stared at me, holding a Coke in his hand.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Someone Like You
  • Six hundred and seventy solemn-faced Japanese sailed out of Vancouver Friday night bound for the "land of the rising sun."
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • His expression was solemn,
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair
  • I don’t know what’s the matter, we’re all so solemn.
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • PROCTOR, with solemn warning: You will not judge me more, Elizabeth.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • There was no solemn assembly for debate nor dignity of the conch.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • Casy said solemnly, "This here ol’ man jus’ lived a life an’ just died out of it. ..."
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • "Because," he answered solemnly, "he can live for centuries, and you are but mortal woman."
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • the Gryphon replied very solemnly.
    Lewis Carroll  --  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • He laid his hands upon my shoulders, and added in a solemn whisper:
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • "Lo, there ye stand, my children," said the figure, in a deep and solemn tone,
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Young Goodman Brown
  • ...looked very solemn as she took her gift down from its place and slung the belt over her shoulder...
    C.S. Lewis  --  Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
  • The solemn temples
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • I must have your solemn and princely word...
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • "Why don’t you read it, sir?" asked Poole.
    "Because I fear," replied the lawyer solemnly. "God grant I have no cause for it!" And with that he brought the paper to his eyes and read as follows:
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • with a slow and solemn movement
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Masque of the Red Death
  • From every house in the street came little solemn processions bearing long boxes ... walking to the churchyard, where there were new holes freshly dug and new tombstones installed.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • And behind them jogged a middle-aged man with his own now solemn, now amiable, thoughts.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • ’It can talk,’ said Haigha, solemnly.
    Lewis Carroll  --  Through the Looking-Glass
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