solemnity

Put on a straight face when you think of the word solemnity; it is used for occasions that are all about seriousness and dignity.

The word solemnity has been around since the fourteenth century helping people describe the mood of occasions ranging from funerals of beloved public figures to ceremonies welcoming United Nations dignitaries. This is the noun form of the adjective solemn, and you’ll often see it used with “of,” as in “the solemnity of the occasion called for hushed voices.”

Definitions of solemnity
1

n a trait of dignified seriousness

Synonyms:
sedateness, solemness, staidness
Type of:
earnestness, serious-mindedness, seriousness, sincerity
the trait of being serious

n a solemn and dignified feeling

Synonyms:
gravity
Antonyms:
levity
feeling an inappropriate lack of seriousness
Types:
earnestness, seriousness, sincerity
an earnest and sincere feeling
Type of:
feeling
the experiencing of affective and emotional states

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