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Definition very serious—and often dignified
  • He took a solemn oath.
solemn = very serious
  • Everyone was solemn at the funeral.
  • solemn = serious and dignified
  • "Wild horses won't drag the secret from me," promised Anne solemnly.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • solemnly = in a serious and sincere manner
  • Henry liked fun and avoided when he could any solemn or serious matter, for he confused these with sorrow.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • solemn = very serious
  • 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
  • solemnly = with gravity (seriousness and dignity)
  • In a solemn voice, he said, "We won't talk about this again."
    Wilson Rawls  --  Where the Red Fern Grows
  • solemn = very serious
  • and then a solemn hush fell upon the church
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • solemn = serious and dignified
  • "People of New England!" cried he, with a voice that rose over them, high, solemn, and majestic
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • solemn = serious and dignified
  • The animals slain in the battle were given a solemn funeral.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • solemn = dignified
  • I give you my solemn word,
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • solemn = serious and sincere
  • We walked through empty passages and into the great hall where the World Council of Scholars sat in solemn meeting.
    Ayn Rand  --  Anthem
  • solemn = serious and dignified
  • Responsibility. That was what was needed—somebody to take it as a solemn vow.
    Tim O'Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • solemn = very serious
  • "We failed in our last selection," the Chief Elder said solemnly.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • solemnly = in a very serious manner
  • 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
  • solemn = serious (earnest in manner)
  • His nature was not changed by one hour of solemn prayer:
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • solemn = serious and dignified
  • The drive back to Daly City was solemn.
    Dave Pelzer  --  A Child Called It
  • solemn = very serious (without any sense of fun)
  • He raised his cap and said solemnly, Goodbye, umfundisi.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • solemnly = in a serious and dignified manner
  • I don't know what's the matter, we're all so solemn.
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • solemn = serious
  • tomorrow was the day appointed for his solemn crowning as King of England.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • solemn = dignified
  • Six hundred and seventy solemn-faced Japanese ... sailed out of Vancouver Friday night bound for the "land of the rising sun."
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
solemn = serious (not cheerful or smiling)

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