What is the difference between solemnity and abjure?

solemnity | abjure |

As a noun solemnity

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

As a verb abjure is

{{context|transitive|lang=en}} to renounce upon oath; to forswear; to disavow {{defdate|first attested around 1350 to 1470}}{{reference-book|last =|first =|authorlink =|coauthors =|editor =brown, lesley|others =|title = the shorter oxford english dictionary|origdate =|origyear = 1933|origmonth =|url =|format =|accessdate =|accessyear =|accessmonth =|edition = 5th|date =|year =2003|month =|publisher =oxford university press|location =oxford, uk|language =|id =|doi =|isbn =978-0-19-860575-7|lccn =|ol =|pages =5|chapter =|chapterurl =|quote =}}.




  • 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 renounce upon oath; to forswear; to disavow.
  • To abjure allegiance to a prince.
    To abjure the realm (to swear to abandon it forever).
  • (transitive, obsolete, historical) To cause one to renounce or recant.
  • To reject with solemnity; to abandon forever; to repudiate; to disclaim.
  • To abjure errors.
  • * 1610 , , act 5 scene 1
  • But this rough magic I here abjure [...]
  • To abstain from; to avoid; to shun.
  • Synonyms

    * renounce