Solemnity vs Solemnify - What's the difference?

solemnity | solemnify |

As a noun solemnity

is the quality of being deeply serious and sober or solemn.

As a verb solemnify is

to make solemn.




  • The quality of being deeply serious and sober or solemn.
  • the solemnity of a funeral
  • * Addison
  • The stateliness and gravity of the Spaniards shows itself in the solemnity of their language.
  • * J. Edwards
  • These promises were often made with great solemnity and confirmed with an oath.
  • An instance or example of solemn behavior; a rite or ceremony performed with reverence.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • Great was the cause; our old solemnities / From no blind zeal or fond tradition rise, / But saved from death, our Argives yearly pay / These grateful honours to the god of day.
  • * Atterbury
  • The forms and solemnities of the last judgment.
  • (legal) A solemn or formal observance; proceeding according to due form; the formality which is necessary to render a thing done valid.
  • Anagrams






  • To make solemn.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2009, date=2009-03-13, author=Toby Cecchini, title=Mixing Metaphors, work=New York Times citation
  • , passage=The drink dates to 1861, when it was allegedly concocted at Brooks’s, a Whig party hangout in London, to commemorate the death of Queen Victoria’s prince consort Albert (or, more accurately, as a smoke screen to solemnify taking a glass of either stout or Champagne on so mournful an occasion). }}