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Answer for the clue "A manner that is serious and solemn", 9 letters:
soberness

Alternative clues for the word soberness

Dry state

The state of being sober

Word definitions for soberness in dictionaries

The Collaborative International Dictionary Word definitions in The Collaborative International Dictionary
Soberness \So"ber*ness\, n. The quality or state of being sober.

Wiktionary Word definitions in Wiktionary
n. The state or quality of being sober.

WordNet Word definitions in WordNet
n. the state of being sober [syn: sobriety ] [ant: drunkenness ] a manner that is serious and solemn [syn: graveness , gravity , sobriety , somberness ]

Usage examples of soberness.

Now, I ask you in all soberness if all these things, if indulged in, if ratified, if confirmed and indorsed, if taught to our children, and repeated to them, do not tend to rub out the sentiment of liberty in the country, and to transform this government into a government of some other form.

I have also with soberness considered since, did so offend the Lord, that even in my childhood he did scare and affrighten me with fearful dreams, and did terrify me with fearful visions.

By this time, also, other ministerial babykins had come toddling into the march in my rear, to share with me the soberness and separation of our calling.

Hansu picked up the flamer, and his soberness was in contrast to the other's momentary enthusiasm.

He had so often gone over in his mind the possibility of explaining everything without aggravating appearances that would tell, perhaps unfairly, against Bulstrode, and had so often decided against it--he had so often said to himself that his assertions would not change people's impressions-- that Dorothea's words sounded like a temptation to do something which in his soberness he had pronounced to be unreasonable.