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Both sides were deeply in earnest, even passionate.
  characterized by sincere belief


intensely or excessively serious
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earnestly earnestness earnest
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  • Both sides were deeply in earnest, even passionate.
  • She has a casual, go-with-the-flow personality and doesn’t appreciate his earnestness.
  • teachers learned that I was in earnest and meant to succeed
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery
  • ’Yes, we will; indeed we will,’ said Bobbie, earnestly; ’but we do beg your pardon — and really we haven’t caught a single fish.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children

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  • ...few things hidden from the man who devotes himself earnestly and unreservedly to the solution of a mystery.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • They talked low and earnest.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • He looked at her silently, his face earnest, his eyes gentle.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • "No I ain’t," Lennie explained earnestly.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • He spoke lightly, but it was evident that he was very much in earnest.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it to the earnestness of others.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember

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  • He shook his head earnestly.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
  • Professor, are you in earnest, or is it some monstrous joke?
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Anatole’s students were as earnest as the grave.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • How earnestly did she then wish that her former opinions had been more reasonable, her expressions more moderate!
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • He sat by the corpse all night, weeping in bitter earnest.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • ’Take some more tea,’ the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly.
    Lewis Carroll  --  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • Earnestness is highly underestimated.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • "Daddy?" Colton looked at me earnestly.
    He gazed at me and didn’t move his eyes from mine. "Daddy, you know I almost died."
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • Even when I studied most earnestly it seemed more like play than work.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • I trust, Jane, you are in earnest when you say you will serve your heart to God:
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • At this moment, voices were heard in the outer apartment, in earnest conversation, and very soon a rap was heard on the door.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • ...waiting and wondering while the Lion and the Witch talked earnestly together in low voices.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • cannot you see that I am in deadly earnest?
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • "Better he should be bruised from head to foot by me who love him than that he should come to harm through ignorance," Baloo answered very earnestly.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
  • He is younger than BIFF, earnest and loyal, a worried boy.
    Arthur Miller  --  Death of a Salesman
  • ... and much earnestness of endeavor have enabled me vaguely to recall.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • he grew more and more discontented with his desultory life, began to long for some real and earnest work to go at,
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • I say that we have never sat down in earnest together to try and get at the bottom of anything.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  A Doll’s House
  • Over this he prayed long and earnestly.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • the men and women who come to us for an education are in earnest;
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • "No, no," said Scrooge, "I am in earnest."
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • The earnestness of my manner, and the tears in my eyes, alarmed her.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • "You think on it, Winnie Foster," Jesse whispered earnestly.
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting
  • He had a most earnest desire to learn to read.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • ...and said, with an earnestness which I shall never forget, "Te-e-ach, te-e-ach my Antonia!"
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • These earnest gentlemen - all three of them had full beards, as Gregor learned peering through the crack in the door one day - were painfully insistent on things’ being tidy.
    Franz Kafka  --  Metamorphosis
  • Alexandra asked Signa whether she thought Nelse was in earnest,
    Willa Cather  --  O Pioneers!
  • What are you thinking of so earnestly?
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • in earnest conversation
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • You are an affectionate, earnest, good young woman - and - and we must make that do.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • I wanted to make fun of her, but she was so earnest.
    Sherman Alexie  --  The Absolutlely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • How strangely in earnest you are!
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • I looked to see if he were jesting; but no, the little man was in dead earnest;
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • Roonwit had just raised his hand and was leaning forward to say something very earnestly to the King
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Last Battle
  • (Earnestly) Well, you believe in it, don’t you, Mr. Webb?
    Thornton Wilder  --  Our Town
  • I tried to have a real earnest reasonable talk with him the other day,
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman  --  The Yellow Wallpaper
  • Up to this moment it could not positively have been asserted that the man, in spite of his tantalizing declaration, was really in earnest.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • He looked unprepared for my being so earnest, and even a little alarmed.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • She could hear an absolute earnestness in the caller’s voice.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Message in a Bottle
  • Is he in earnest about Catherine, then?
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
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