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solemnity

noun awesomeness, ceremoniousness, ceremony, dignity, graveness, gravitas, gravity, impressiveness, pomp, seriousness, severitas, soberness, sobriety, solemn feeling, stateliness, tradition
See also: ceremony, formality, importance

solemnity

a formality necessary to validate a deed, act or contract.

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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It could well detract from the solemnity of the trial process and verdict, and there is a risk that a convicted person might regard it as an inappropriate celebration of his condemnation.
We considered asking him to do something for us last year, but the 75th anniversary seemed to demand a certain solemnity.
Pc Brian Westlake-Toms, one of hundreds of officers who attended the service, said: 'Considering the solemnity of the occasion and the hundreds of people who were there, it must have been quite an awe-inspiring occasion for Emily, but she was so composed and brave.
But the occasion also requires a degree of solemnity, not gimmickry.
That term once conveyed the modest solemnity of an official who soberly carried out his sworn duty to protect and defend our Constitution.
One of the things that many business book authors fail to take into account is the Fact that seriousness of message doesn't necessarily require solemnity of presentation.
The children's body language and response to the camera range from solemnity to sadness to curiosity.
Once Montreal writer/director Arto Paragamian decided he wanted to confront the subject of everyone's final destination, he was determined to steer clear of both sentimentality and solemnity.
This tectonic lucidity reinforces the pavilion's simple, unassuming dignity and solemnity -- a relief from some of the more wildly scenographic offerings.
In its ruling, the appeals court gave its blessing to certain types of legislative prayer, especially those that involve "nonsectarian requests for wisdom and solemnity, as well as calls for divine blessing on the work of the legislative body.
All that solemnity, that blinding moral certainty, it must grow tiresome after a while," Gorney writes.
Kanoh's The Sumida River, staged in the festival's largest theatre, an imposing thatch-roofed A-frame barn, begins in mock solemnity as the berobed company meditates in formal silence amid the traditional hanging lanterns and sprays of pink cherry blossoms.