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earnest
used in As You Like It

4 uses
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Definition
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
  • Marry, I pr'ythee, do, to make sport withal: but love no man in good earnest, nor no further in sport neither than with safety of a pure blush thou mayst in honour come off again.
    1.2 — Act 1 Scene 2 — A Lawn before the DUKE'S Palace (10% in)
  • —But, turning these jests out of service, let us talk in good earnest: is it possible, on such a sudden, you should fall into so strong a liking with old Sir Rowland's youngest son?
    1.3 — Act 1 Scene 3 — A Room in the Palace (18% in)
  • By my troth, and in good earnest, and so God mend me, and by all pretty oaths that are not dangerous, if you break one jot of your promise, or come one minute behind your hour, I will think you the most pathetical break-promise, and the most hollow lover, and the most unworthy of her you call Rosalind, that may be chosen out of the gross band of the unfaithful: therefore beware my censure, and keep your promise.
    4.1 — Act 4 Scene 1 — The Forest of Arden (85% in)
  • This was not counterfeit; there is too great testimony in your complexion that it was a passion of earnest.
    4.3 — Act 4 Scene 3 — Another part of the Forest (94% in)

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