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Solemn, 1) religiously grave and venerable, attended with religious rites, and hence awful, ceremonious, formal in general: “therefore are feasts so s. and so rare,” Sonn. 52, 5. “the s. temples,” Tp. IV, 153. “sing your s. hymn,” Ado V, 3, 11. “our s. festival,” Shr. III, 2, 103. “the s. feast,” All's II, 3, 187. “before the s. priest I have sworn,” All's II, 3, 187 “a s. combination of our souls,” Tw. V, 392. “how ceremonious, s. and unearthly,” Wint. III, 1, 7. “the sad and s. priests,” H5 IV, 1, 318. “our s. hymns,” Rom. IV, 5, 88. “a s. air,” Tp. V, 58. “it hath in s. synods been decreed,” Err. I, 1, 13. “of whom he hath taken a s. leave,” All's IV, 3, 90. “mock not flesh and blood with s. reverence,” R2 III, 2, 172. “here we entertain a s. peace,” H6A V, 4, 175. “a s. vow,” H6B V, 1, 184. H6B V, 1, 184 H6C I, 4, 100. IV, 3, 4. “a dreadful oath, sworn with a s. tongue,” H6B III, 2, 158. Tit. V, 3, 81. “at thy s. feast,” V, 2, 115. Mcb. III, 1, 14. “a s. hunting is in hand,” Tit. II, 1, 112 (arranged and executed by the emperor and his court). “we'll make a s. wager,” Hml. IV, 7, 156. “with s. march,” I, 2, 201. “in s. show,” Ant. V, 2, 367.
2) grave, serious: “in s. talk,” As II, 4, 21. “with a s. earnestness,” Oth. V, 2, 227.
3) sad, melancholy, sullen: “this s. sympathy poor Venus noteth,” Ven. 1057. “s. night with slow sad gait descended to ugly hell,” Lucr. 1081. “rejoice to hear the s. curfew,” Tp. V, 40. “passion's s. tears,” LLL V, 2, 118. “why do you bend such s. brows on me?” John IV, 2, 90. “in s. shades of endless night,” R2 I, 3, 177. “suits of s. black,” Hml. I, 2, 78. “all s. things should answer s. accidents,” Cymb. IV, 2, 191.
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