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 for Solemn League and Covenant
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Solemn \Sol"emn\, a. [OE. solempne, OF. solempne, L. solemnis,
     solennis, sollemnis, sollennis; sollus all, entire + annus a
     year; properly, that takes place every year; -- used
     especially of religious solemnities. Cf. Silly, Annual.]
     1. Marked with religious rites and pomps; enjoined by, or
        connected with, religion; sacred.
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              His holy rites and solemn feasts profaned. --Milton.
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              The worship of this image was advanced, and a solemn
              supplication observed everry year.    --Bp.
                                                    Stillingfleet.
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     2. Pertaining to a festival; festive; festal. [Obs.] "On this
        solemn day." --Chaucer.
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     3. Stately; ceremonious; grand. [Archaic]
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              His feast so solemn and so rich.      --Chaucer.
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              To-night we hold a splemn supper.     --Shak.
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     4. Fitted to awaken or express serious reflections; marked by
        seriousness; serious; grave; devout; as, a solemn promise;
        solemn earnestness.
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              Nor wanting power to mitigate and swage
              With solemn touches troubled thoughts. --Milton.
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              There reigned a solemn silence over all. --Spenser.
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     5. Real; earnest; downright. [Obs. & R.]
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              Frederick, the emperor, . . . has spared no expense
              in strengthening this city; since which time we find
              no solemn taking it by the Turks.     --Fuller.
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     6. Affectedly grave or serious; as, to put on a solemn face.
        "A solemn coxcomb." --Swift.
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     7. (Law) Made in form; ceremonious; as, solemn war;
        conforming with all legal requirements; as, probate in
        solemn form. --Burrill. --Jarman. --Greenleaf.
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     Solemn League and Covenant. See Covenant, 2.
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     Syn: Grave; formal; ritual; ceremonial; sober; serious;
          reverential; devotional; devout. See Grave.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  League \League\ (l[=e]g), n. [F. ligue, LL. liga, fr. L. ligare
     to bind; cf. Sp. liga. Cf. Ally a confederate, Ligature.]
     1. An alliance or combination of two or more nations,
        parties, organizations, or persons, for the accomplishment
        of a purpose which requires a continued course of action,
        as for mutual defense, or for furtherance of commercial,
        religious, or political interests, etc.
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              And let there be
              'Twixt us and them no league, nor amity. --Denham.
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     2. Specifically: (Sports) An association of sports teams that
        establishes rules of play, decides questions of membership
        in the league, and organizes matches between the member
        teams. In some cases a sports league is called a
        conference, as in the National Football Conference.
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     Note: A league may be offensive or defensive, or both;
           offensive, when the parties agree to unite in attacking
           a common enemy; defensive, when they agree to a mutual
           defense of each other against an enemy.
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     The Holy League, an alliance of Roman Catholics formed in
        1576 by influence of the Duke of Guise for the exclusion
        of Protestants from the throne of France.
  
     Solemn League and Covenant. See Covenant,2.
  
     The land league, an association, organized in Dublin in
        1879, to promote the interests of the Irish tenantry, its
        avowed objects being to secure fixity of tenure, fair
        rent, and free sale of the tenants' interest. It was
        declared illegal by Parliament, but vigorous prosecutions
        have failed to suppress it.
  
     Syn: Alliance; confederacy; confederation; coalition;
          combination; compact; cooperation.
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