solemnity


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solemnity

Law a formality necessary to validate a deed, act, contract, etc.
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No amount of solemnity could make such a statement other than bizarre.
Franklin, with equal solemnity, "I'm convinced at last.
The children's body language and response to the camera range from solemnity to sadness to curiosity.
Once Montreal writer/director Arto Paragamian decided he wanted to confront the subject of everyone's final destination, he was determined to steer clear of both sentimentality and solemnity.
This tectonic lucidity reinforces the pavilion's simple, unassuming dignity and solemnity -- a relief from some of the more wildly scenographic offerings.
Local reporters noted the organizers of the wedding were successful in maintaining the solemnity of the ceremony, particularly because security guards shooed out reporters who gate-crashed.
In its ruling, the appeals court gave its blessing to certain types of legislative prayer, especially those that involve "nonsectarian requests for wisdom and solemnity, as well as calls for divine blessing on the work of the legislative body.
It marks the first time in history that the dignity and solemnity that once surrounded the Honours system has been so abused that a man has been told he can have a knighthood "in a year or two".
All that solemnity, that blinding moral certainty, it must grow tiresome after a while," Gorney writes.
Put no difference into your tone, wear no forced air of solemnity, or sorrow.
exposes musical compositions-in-progress, like his recently composed "Feet Don't Fail Me Now" (which, he acknowledges, may "lack ideological solemnity" - but, then, we are warned not to "confuse solemnity with truth").
DIRECTV will employ architecturally sensitive camera placements inside the Basilica to capture the beauty of the church, while not disturbing the solemnity of Mass.