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earnest

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Definition characterized by sincere belief

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intensely or excessively serious
  • I began training in earnest the summer before high school.
in earnest = in a serious manner
  • I believe her. She seemed earnest.
  • earnest = sincere
  • She has a casual, go-with-the-flow personality and doesn't appreciate his earnestness.
  • earnestness = seriousness
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • Both sides were deeply in earnest, even passionate.
  • in earnest = serious
  • We loved Shaw's comedy, "The Importance of Being Earnest".
  • earnest = sincere
  • "You think on it, Winnie Foster," Jesse whispered earnestly.
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting
  • earnestly = sincerely
  • Kit laughed, then took the child's hands in her own and spoke as earnestly as she knew how. "You trust me, don't you?"
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • earnestly = sincerely
  • It has a certain earnest, working-class sound about it.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • earnest = sincere
  • Smugness faded from it, replaced by a dogged earnestness that fooled Judge Taylor not at all: as long as Mr. Ewell was on the stand, the judge kept his eyes on him, as if daring him to make a false move.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • earnestness = sincerity or seriousness
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • Over this he prayed long and earnestly.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • earnestly = sincerely with seriousness
  • He sat by the corpse all night, weeping in bitter earnest.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • earnest = sincerity
  • the men and women who come to us for an education are in earnest;
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • in earnest = serious
  • How earnestly did she then wish that her former opinions had been more reasonable, her expressions more moderate!
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • earnestly = sincerely
  • He shook his head earnestly.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
  • earnestly = sincerely or seriously
  • I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it to the earnestness of others.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • earnestness = sincerity or seriousness
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • "No, no," said Scrooge, "I am in earnest."
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • in earnest = serious
  • The earnestness of my manner, and the tears in my eyes, alarmed her.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • earnestness = excessive seriousness
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • 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
  • in earnest = in a serious manner
  • I trust, Jane, you are in earnest when you say you will serve your heart to God:
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • in earnest = serious
  • 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
earnest = serious

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