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earnest
used in A Christmas Carol

4 uses
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Definition
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
  • "No, no," said Scrooge, "I am in earnest."
    5 — The End of It (31% in)
in earnest = serious
  • To hear Scrooge expending all the earnestness of his nature on such subjects, in a most extraordinary voice between laughing and crying; and to see his heightened and excited face; would have been a surprise to his business friends in the city, indeed.
    2 — The First of the Three Spirits (36% in)
  • They are always in earnest.
    3 — The Second of the Three Spirits (71% in)
  • "A merry Christmas, Bob!" said Scrooge, with an earnestness that could not be mistaken, as he clapped him on the back.
    5 — The End of It (88% in)

There are no more uses of "earnest" in A Christmas Carol.

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