The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Twenty-Two – Vocabulary

Today’s vocab word is still commonly used in texts and conversation, which is different from a lot of the words we’ve featured throughout the book. Our vocab word for The Prince and the Pauper Chapter 22 is…

SOLEMN

Keep reading or watch the video below see how the word ‘solemn’ is used in The Prince and the Pauper.

SOLEMN

DEFINITION

(adj) formal, dignified, serious
FACTS/CHARACTERISTICS

Often related to religious ceremonies/traditions
EXAMPLES

a formal ceremony
funerals
formal oaths/promises
NON-EXAMPLES

parties
jokes/pranks
comedies

Etymology

  • Language of Origin: Latin
  • sollemnis = “regularly appointed, solemn”

Sentences/Additional Forms

  • Straightforward sentence: The overall mood at the funeral was solemn, and the attendees rarely joked or laughed.
  • Sentence from the chapter: “…he was crowned King of the Game-Cocks; his meaner title being at the same time solemnly cancelled and annulled…” (p. 137-138)
  • Other forms: solemnities (n), solemnly (adv)

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References

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/solemn#synonyms

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/obama-eulogize-late-rep-john-lewis-conscience-us/story?id=72055920

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