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earnest
used in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

3 uses
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Definition
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
  • They talked low and earnest.
    Chapter 12 (84% in)
earnest = sincere
  • Then the preacher begun to preach, and begun in earnest, too; and went weaving first to one side of the platform and then the other, and then a-leaning down over the front of it, with his arms and his body going all the time, and shouting his words out with all his might; and every now and then he would hold up his Bible and spread it open, and kind of pass it around this way and that, shouting, "It's the brazen serpent in the wilderness!
    Chapter 20 (60% in)
  • Well, one thing was dead sure, and that was that Tom Sawyer was in earnest, and was actuly going to help steal that nigger out of slavery.
    Chapter 34 (28% in)

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