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earnest
used in To Kill a Mockingbird

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Definition
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
  • 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.
    p. 233.2
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.)
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