solemnity


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solemnity

Law a formality necessary to validate a deed, act, contract, etc.
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Franklin, with equal solemnity, "I'm convinced at last." He shook hands with me--and I felt that I had converted him.
Perhaps because of the pervading solemnity. There's nothing more solemn on earth than a dance of trained dogs.
The weariness of solemnity. But he preserved an unflinching, endorsing, gravity of expression.
No amount of solemnity could make such a statement other than bizarre.
This was the discomfiture of solemnity. My interest of course was revived.
Lydia gaped as he opened the volume, and before he had, with very monotonous solemnity, read three pages, she interrupted him with:
The father, in occasional conversation with one and another, appeared to be avoiding the subject with the usual self-conscious solemnity, and occasionally he looked, somewhat anxiously, I thought, towards the church door.
It was the May truss, which the clerks of the clerks' law court had deposited that morning at the door of a president of the parliament, in honor of the solemnity of the day.
We slipped out of the house noiselessly and found ourselves in the unutterable solemnity and strangeness of a dark night.
With each the question is what the writer has done with his opportunity; and each answers the question for itself in words which, if I may say so without undue solemnity, were written with a conscientious regard for the truth of my own sensations.
On June 23 we will mark the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
One still sees some old-timers in the pews each week who have not cottoned on nearly 40 years later and clearly never will; deliberately abjuring the 'kiss' as an unwarranted break in the solemnity of their observances.