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earnest
used in Anna Karenina

8 uses
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Definition
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
  • She looked at him earnestly, as though wishing to make out the cause of his confusion.
    Part One (26% in)
  • "Yes, as you see, your tender spouse, as devoted as the first year after marriage, burned with impatience to see you," he said in his deliberate, high-pitched voice, and in that tone which he almost always took with her, a tone of jeering at anyone who should say in earnest what he said.
    Part One (90% in)
  • And I used to think that, before marriage, life was nothing much, somehow didn't count, but that after marriage, life began in earnest.
    Part Five (44% in)
  • As she came nearer and nearer to the familiar breeding places there was more and more earnestness in Laska's exploration.
    Part Six (24% in)
  • Darya Alexandrovna was well aware that even porridge for the children's breakfast does not come of itself, and that therefore, where so complicated and magnificent a style of luxury was maintained, someone must give earnest attention to its organization.
    Part Six (66% in)
  • In attending the elections, too, and taking part in them, he tried now not to judge, not to fall foul of them, but to comprehend as fully as he could the question which was so earnestly and ardently absorbing honest and excellent men whom he respected.
    Part Six (81% in)
  • In Moscow he degenerated so much that if he had had to be there for long together, he might in good earnest have come to considering his salvation; in Petersburg he felt himself a man of the world again.
    Part Seven (61% in)
  • Levin ceased thinking, and only, as it were, listened to mysterious voices that seemed talking joyfully and earnestly within him.
    Part Eight (64% in)

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