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Definitioncharacterized by sincere belief
intensely or excessively serious
- In some other time and place Pippin might have been pleased with his new array, but he knew now that he was taking part in no play; he was in deadly earnest the servant of a grim master in the greatest peril.5.4 -- Book 5 Chapter 4 -- The Siege of Gondor (9% in)
- 'For my part I heeded them not,' said Gimli; 'for we came then at last upon battle in earnest.5.9 -- Book 5 Chapter 9 -- The Last Debate (35% in)
- Indeed the force that we lead east need not be great enough for any assault in earnest upon Mordor, so long as it be great enough to challenge battle.5.9 -- Book 5 Chapter 9 -- The Last Debate (86% in)
There are no more uses of "earnest" in The Return of the King.
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