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earnest1

ear·nest1

earnest1

 
 
pronunciation:
uhr nihst
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: having or showing a serious intention or manner.
We thought he was joking at first, but his earnest expression showed us he was not.
synonyms:
deliberate, intent, serious, sober, solemn, staid
antonyms:
frivolous
similar words:
determined, diligent, fervent, grave, purposeful, resolute, sober-minded
definition 2: having or showing deep concern or sincerity.
The country's leader made an earnest plea for peace.She was such an earnest person that she easily won the people's hearts.
synonyms:
heartfelt, honest, sincere
antonyms:
halfhearted, insincere
similar words:
fervent, forthright, solemn, thoughtful, wholehearted
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part of speech: noun
definition: complete seriousness.
When he finally set to work in earnest, he finished rapidly.
synonyms:
seriousness, sobriety, solemnity
antonyms:
jest
similar words:
deliberation, intention, soberness
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derivations: earnestly (adv.), earnestness (n.)