Ceremonious

  • 1 Ceremonious — Cer e*mo ni*ous, a. [Cf. F. c[ e]r[ e]monieux, L. Caerimoniosus.] 1. Consisting of outward forms and rites; ceremonial. Note: [In this sense ceremonial is now preferred.] [1913 Webster] The ceremonious part of His worship. South. [1913 Webster] 2 …

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  • 2 ceremonious — index formal, official, punctilious, solemn Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 3 ceremonious — 1550s, from Fr. cérémonieux, from L.L. cærimoniosus, from L. cærimonia (see CEREMONY (Cf. ceremony)). Meaning full of show and ceremony is from 1610s. Related: Ceremoniously …

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  • 4 ceremonious — *ceremonial, formal, solemn, conventional Analogous words: impressive, *moving: *decorous, seemly, proper: stately, imposing, majestic, grandiose (see GRAND) Antonyms: unceremonious, informal …

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  • 5 ceremonious — [adj] ritual, formal civil, courteous, courtly, decorous, deferential, dignified, exact, grandiose, impressive, majestic, moving, precise, proper, punctilious, seemly, solemn, starchy, stately, stiff, striking; concept 548 Ant. informal, relaxed …

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  • 6 ceremonious — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ relating or appropriate to grand and formal occasions. DERIVATIVES ceremoniously adverb ceremoniousness noun …

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  • 7 ceremonious — [ser΄ə mō′nē əs] adj. [Fr cérémonieux] 1. ceremonial 2. full of ceremony 3. characterized by conventional usages or formality; very polite 4. excessively formal or proper ceremoniously adv. ceremoniousness n …

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  • 8 ceremonious — adjective Date: 1553 1. devoted to forms and ceremony ; punctilious < ceremonious courtiers > 2. of, relating to, or constituting a ceremony < a ceremonious occasion > 3. according to formal usage or prescribed procedures < the …

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  • 9 ceremonious — ceremonial, ceremonious 1. Ceremonial, meaning ‘with or concerning ritual or ceremony’, is a neutral descriptive adjective (as in ceremonial occasions / ceremonial dress / for ceremonial reasons). Ceremonious, meaning ‘having or showing a… …

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  • 10 ceremonious — ceremoniously, adv. ceremoniousness, n. /ser euh moh nee euhs/, adj. 1. carefully observant of ceremony; formally or elaborately polite: He greeted his rival with a ceremonious display of friendship. 2. pertaining to, marked by, or consisting of… …

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  • 11 ceremonious — See ceremonial, ceremonious …

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  • 12 ceremonious — cer|e|mo|ni|ous [ ,serə mouniəs ] adjective appropriate for a ceremony: looking splendid and ceremonious in his gold robe ╾ cer|e|mo|ni|ous|ly adverb …

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  • 13 ceremonious — adjective a ceremonious affair at the White House Syn: dignified, majestic, imposing, impressive, solemn, ritualistic, stately, formal; courtly, regal, imperial, elegant, grand, glorious, splendid, magnificent, resplendent, portentous; info …

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  • 14 ceremonious — UK [ˌserəˈməʊnɪəs] / US [ˌserəˈmoʊnɪəs] adjective suitable for a ceremony Paul was looking splendid and ceremonious in his gold dressing gown. Derived word: ceremoniously adverb …

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  • 15 ceremonious — adjective a) Fond of ceremony, ritual or strict etiquette; punctilious b) Characterized by rigid formality …

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  • 16 ceremonious — Synonyms and related words: High Church, attentive, baptismal, cap in hand, careful, ceremonial, chivalric, chivalrous, civil, conventional, correct, courteous, courtly, decorous, deferential, dignified, dutiful, eucharistic, formal, formular,… …

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  • 17 ceremonious — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. punctilious, formal, dignified, ceremonial; see conventional 2 , polite 1 . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. ceremonial, polite, proper, formal, solemn, stately, punctilious, rigid, prim, courtly, starchy, dignified,… …

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  • 18 ceremonious — cer|e|mo|ni|ous [ˌserıˈməuniəs US ˈmou ] adj done in a formal serious way, as if you were in a ceremony >ceremoniously adv ▪ He ceremoniously burnt the offending documents …

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  • 19 ceremonious — cer·e mo·ni·ous || ‚serɪ məʊnɪəs adj. full of ceremony; formal; polite …

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  • 20 ceremonious — adjective relating or appropriate to grand formal occasions. Derivatives ceremoniously adverb ceremoniousness noun Origin C16: from Fr. cérémonieux or late L. caerimoniosus, from L. caerimonia (see ceremony) …

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