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solemn
used in Babbitt

9 uses
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Definition
in a very serious (and often dignified) manner
  • Paul and he shook hands solemnly; they smiled as shyly as though they had been parted three years, not three days—and they said: "How's the old horse-thief?"
    Chapter 5 (45% in)
  • Purdy, the grocer, a long-nosed man and solemn, seemed to care less for Babbitt and for Vision, but Babbitt met him at the street door of the office and guided him toward the private room with affectionate little cries of "This way, Brother Purdy!"
    Chapter 4 (82% in)
  • With the solemn face of a devotee, breathing heavily through his open mouth, he plodded nightly through every picture, and during the rite he detested interruptions.
    Chapter 6 (37% in)
  • HE solemnly finished the last copy of the American Magazine, while his wife sighed, laid away her darning, and looked enviously at the lingerie designs in a women's magazine.
    Chapter 7 (0% in)
  • In the dimness the men were rather solemn and foolish, but the goodwives quivered and adored as they sat about the table.
    Chapter 9 (38% in)
  • They solemnly spat, one after the other, into the placid water.
    Chapter 11 (49% in)
  • He had come, in a mood of solemn parental patronage, to look on.
    Chapter 18 (50% in)
  • He tucked the book under his arm, he clumped down-stairs and solemnly began to read, under the piano-lamp: "A twilight like blue dust sifted into the shallow fold of the thickly wooded hills.
    Chapter 23 (15% in)
  • He clasped her, conscious of her smooth warmth, and solemnly he circled in a heavy version of the one-step.
    Chapter 23 (84% in)

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