One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Duly perform (a ceremony, especially that of marriage).
perform, celebrate, ceremonializeView synonyms
- ‘Shortly after his accession he solemnized his fateful marriage to Catherine, daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain and widow of his brother Arthur.’
- ‘This is a marked fall from 1990 when over half of marriages were solemnised in a religious ceremony.’
- ‘The marriage was solemnized, and the bride and bridegroom left London.’
- ‘That marriage had been solemnised in 1978 according to the Islamic religion.’
- ‘Sikhs, on the other hand, do not give or take dowries, and they solemnize their marriages before the Granth, their sacred book.’
- ‘The unusual marriage was solemnized at the Dharmasheela Buddha Vihar monastery with a three-hour ritual that was capped by eating festive food by relatives attending the ceremony.’
- ‘The proportion of marriages solemnised by a religious ceremony has followed a similarly downward trend, falling from 60 percent in 1971 to 41 percent in 1997.’
- ‘Although a rabbi was not needed to solemnize marriages, the rabbis suggest that their presence at weddings was desirable.’
- ‘It was unable to insert a clause in the Imperial Abolition Act allowing nonconformist ministers to solemnize marriages, as it was custom for colonial laws to follow rather than precede those in the metropolitan society.’
- ‘The term more familiar to most Indians for a marriage solemnised by a civil or government official, without any religious ceremony, would perhaps be civil marriage.’
- ‘Knowing that he is not authorized by the laws of this state to do so, he performs a marriage ceremony or presumes to solemnize a marriage.’
- ‘The Hindu marriage is solemnised before the sacred fire.’
- ‘A Sikh's marriage should be solemnized by Anand marriage rites.’
- ‘The protection of the rights of a Jewish wife is so important that the marriage may not be solemnized until the contract has been completed.’
- ‘‘Because of the increasing cases of Aids cases in India, the church feels that priests should be convinced of the health status of couples before solemnizing their marriage,’ he said.’
- ‘In September of 1943 my marriage was solemnised with V.S., who had come out of jail just then.’
- ‘These pairs also included a Muslim couple whose marriage was solemnised according to Islamic rites.’
- ‘Having at length obtained Alice's consent, Talbot needed only to find a priest to solemnize their marriage.’
- ‘Once the proceedings gets formalised, the marriage is solemnised.’
- ‘Governments have always claimed control over marriage, whether solemnized religiously or civilly.’
- 1.1 Mark with a formal ceremony.
indicate, label, flag, tab, tick, show the position of, show, identify, designate, delineate, denoteView synonyms
- ‘We sang America as our recessional, yet another indication that the date is now solemnized as an annual patriotic memorial.’
- ‘In fact, the Founders sought to solemnize the most important public events by deliberately including religious language and appeals to divine providence in the text of their speeches and documents.’
- ‘The policy called for high school students to vote on whether a student would deliver a ‘message’ or ‘invocation’ at varsity football games ‘to solemnize the event.’’
- ‘Her parents came to the US to solemnize the occasion.’
- ‘And surely the ability of a religious reference to solemnize an event will depend on the religious beliefs of the person hearing the reference.’
Late Middle English: from Old French solemniser, from medieval Latin solemnizare, from Latin sollemnis (see solemn).
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