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. noun
    a trait of dignified seriousness
  2. noun
    a solemn and dignified feeling
    synonyms: gravity
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    feeling an inappropriate lack of seriousness
    earnestness, seriousness, sincerity
    an earnest and sincere feeling
    type of:
    the experiencing of affective and emotional states
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