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 for solemnity
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Solemnity \So*lem"ni*ty\, n.; pl. Solemnities. [L. solemnitas,
     solennitas: cf. F. solennit['e], solemnit['e], OF. also
     sollempnit['e].]
     1. A rite or ceremony performed with religious reverence;
        religious or ritual ceremony; as, the solemnity of a
        funeral, a sacrament.
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              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 honors to the god of day. --Pope.
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     2. ceremony adapted to impress with awe.
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              The forms and solemnities of the last judgment.
                                                    --Atterburry.
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     3. Ceremoniousness; impressiveness; seriousness; grave
        earnestness; formal dignity; gravity.
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              With much glory and great solemnity.  --Chaucer.
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              The statelines and gravity of the Spaniards shows
              itself in the solemnity of their language.
                                                    --Addison.
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              These promises were often made with great solemnity
              and confirmed with an oath.           --J. Edwards.
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     4. Hence, affected gravity or seriousness.
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              Solemnity 's a cover for a sot.       --Young.
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     5. Solemn state or feeling; awe or reverence; also, that
        which produces such a feeling; as, the solemnity of an
        audience; the solemnity of Westminster Abbey.
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     6. (Law) A solemn or formal observance; proceeding according
        to due form; the formality which is necessary to render a
        thing done valid.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  solemnity
      n 1: a trait of dignified seriousness [syn: sedateness,
           staidness, solemnity, solemness]
      2: a solemn and dignified feeling [syn: gravity, solemnity]
         [ant: levity]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  158 Moby Thesaurus words for "solemnity":
     aridity, augustness, baccalaureate service, barrenness, bleakness,
     bloodlessness, buckram, celebration, ceremonial, ceremoniousness,
     ceremony, characterlessness, circumstance, colorlessness,
     commencement, consequence, convocation, courtliness, darkness,
     deadness, dignifiedness, dignity, dismalness, dragginess,
     dreariness, dryness, dullness, dustiness, duty, earnestness,
     effeteness, elevation, emptiness, empty formality, etiolation,
     exercise, exercises, extrinsicality, flatness, form,
     form of worship, formal, formality, formalization, formula,
     formulary, function, gloom, gloominess, graduation,
     graduation exercises, grandeur, gravity, grimness, heaviness,
     heraldry, hollowness, holy rite, impersonality, importance,
     impressiveness, inanity, inaugural, inauguration, inexcitability,
     initiation, insipidity, insipidness, institution, jejunity,
     kingliness, leadenness, lifelessness, liturgy, loftiness,
     lordliness, lowness of spirit, majesty, mode of worship,
     moderation, momentousness, mummery, mystery, no joke,
     no laughing matter, nobility, observance, office, order of worship,
     ordinance, paleness, pallor, performance, pointlessness, pokiness,
     pomp, pomposity, ponderousness, practice, prescribed form, pride,
     pride of bearing, pride of place, primness, princeliness,
     proud bearing, regality, religious ceremony, reserve, rigidness,
     rite, rite de passage, rite of passage, ritual, ritual observance,
     rituality, sacrament, sacramental, sedateness, seriousness,
     service, slowness, sober-mindedness, soberness, sobersidedness,
     sobersides, sobriety, solemnization, solemnness, somberness,
     spiritlessness, staidness, starchiness, state, stateliness,
     sterility, stiffness, stiltedness, stodginess, stuffiness,
     stylization, sublimity, superficiality, taciturnity, tastelessness,
     tediousness, temperance, uninterestingness, unliveliness, vapidity,
     vapidness, venerability, wearifulness, wearisomeness, weight,
     weightiness, woodenness, worthiness
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  SOLEMNITY. The formality established by law to render a contract, agreement, 
  or other act valid. 
       2. A marriage, for example, would not be valid if made in jest, and 
  without solemnity. Vide Marriage, and Dig. 4, 1, 7; Id. 45, 1, 30. 
  
  

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