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earnest
used in Washington Square

9 uses
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Definition
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
  • Is he in earnest about Catherine, then?
    Chapter 6 (78% in)
in earnest = serious
  • He has lately come back to America, with the intention, as he tells Arthur, of beginning life in earnest.
    Chapter 6 (78% in)
  • CHAPTER VII He was, however, by no means so much in earnest as this might seem to indicate; and, indeed, he was more than anything else amused with the whole situation.
    Chapter 7 (1% in)
  • "He is looking for a position—most earnestly," said Mrs. Penniman.
    Chapter 8 (94% in)
  • Then as Catherine, who had also risen to her feet again, stood there in her rather angular earnestness, wishing so much and expressing so little, he drew her towards him and kissed her.
    Chapter 11 (93% in)
  • She kept her pretty eyes, which were illumined by a sort of brilliant modesty, attached to his own countenance, and evidently paid the most earnest attention to each of his words.
    Chapter 14 (23% in)
  • Mrs. Montgomery listened in great earnestness to this splendid financial statement; she had never heard thousands of dollars so familiarly talked about.
    Chapter 14 (44% in)
  • It was rather incoherent counsel, and from one day to another it contradicted itself; but it was pervaded by an earnest desire that Catherine should do something striking.
    Chapter 15 (63% in)
  • In these matters Morris had an excellent grace, which flung a picturesque interest even over the account of his debut in the commission business—a subject as to which his companion earnestly questioned him.
    Chapter 26 (21% in)

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