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characterized by sincere belief


intensely or excessively serious
  • He looked at her silently, his face earnest, his eyes gentle.
    2.13 — Part 2 Chapter 13 (30% in)
earnest = sincere
  • I am sorry that I haven't had a long, earnest talk with you much earlier...I know, I know, I know, don't interrupt me, you've seen a modernistic building or two, and it gave you ideas.
    1.1 — Part 1 Chapter 1 (64% in)
  • Keating displayed an earnest knowledge of the subject, though he had never heard of old porcelain till the night before, which he had spent at the public library.
    1.5 — Part 1 Chapter 5 (3% in)
  • # The letter on Cameron's desk informed him regretfully that after earnest consideration, the board of directors of the Security Trust Company had not been able to accept his plans for the building to house the new Astoria branch of the Company and that the commission had been awarded to the firm of Gould & Pettingill.
    1.5 — Part 1 Chapter 5 (70% in)
  • "There was one, Red," he said earnestly, over his fifth beer, "one only and you'd be too young to know about him, but that was the only man that knew building.
    1.7 — Part 1 Chapter 7 (95% in)
  • The heavy earnestness of that sentence was such a hint that Keating's lips moved to shape a soft whistle, but he caught himself in time.
    1.10 — Part 1 Chapter 10 (59% in)
  • "Dominique, my dear," he said, with earnest, sincere concern, "I wish I'd been your father.
    1.12 — Part 1 Chapter 12 (32% in)
  • She said earnestly: "Peter, if I ever want to punish myself for something terrible, if I ever want to punish myself disgustingly—I'll marry you.
    1.14 — Part 1 Chapter 14 (97% in)
  • And had added, with his charming knack for destroying the earnestness of his own moment: "I like to indulge in the luxury of commenting solely upon interesting subjects.
    2.3 — Part 2 Chapter 3 (5% in)
  • But the earnest attention in his eyes changed him, his mocking gaiety vanished and he forgot his own advice, he was being serious, very serious indeed.
    2.4 — Part 2 Chapter 4 (47% in)
  • A little later Keating heard Toohey saying solemnly in the midst of some earnest discussion: "Happiness?
    2.6 — Part 2 Chapter 6 (43% in)
  • I am—essentially—such an earnest, single-toned Puritan that I must allow myself another color occasionally—to relieve the monotony.
    2.8 — Part 2 Chapter 8 (22% in)
  • Then the smile vanished, and Francon's face looked earnest, peaceful, frankly aged, in one of his rare flashes of genuine dignity.
    2.8 — Part 2 Chapter 8 (80% in)
  • He was willing to discuss—with the same gentle, earnest concentration—the choice of classes, or love affairs, or—most particularly—the selection of a future career.
    2.9 — Part 2 Chapter 9 (59% in)
  • Once, at a party, a smug, boorish businessman listened to Toohey's earnest social theories for a while and said complacently: "Well, I wouldn't know much about all that intellectual stuff.
    2.9 — Part 2 Chapter 9 (75% in)
  • Hopton Stoddard spoke slowly; it sounded earnest and impressive, but was due to the fact that he had memorized his speeches almost verbatim.
    2.10 — Part 2 Chapter 10 (91% in)
  • Mallory spoke earnestly, his voice sober.
    2.11 — Part 2 Chapter 11 (39% in)
  • Then his face became earnest again.
    2.13 — Part 2 Chapter 13 (70% in)
  • She said earnestly: "I forgive you, Peter."
    2.13 — Part 2 Chapter 13 (91% in)
  • After the Stoddard trial many earnest discussions were held informally in the club rooms of the A.G.A. The attitude of the A.G.A. toward Ellsworth Toohey had not been cordial, particularly since the establishment of his Council.
    2.15 — Part 2 Chapter 15 (56% in)
  • The voice was not mocking, but earnest.
    2.15 — Part 2 Chapter 15 (94% in)
  • "I can't work for you, Mr. Wynand," he said with desperate earnestness, "because have no ideals."
    3.1 — Part 3 Chapter 1 (78% in)
  • His manner puzzled her: it was gay, but the sense of calm in the gaiety suggested a peculiar earnestness.
    3.4 — Part 3 Chapter 4 (12% in)
  • Her fingers were not clinging tensely against the rail, betraying a need of support, giving importance to the moment; they relaxed and closed about the rail; as if she had taken hold of some reins, carelessly, because the occasion required no earnest effort any longer.
    3.4 — Part 3 Chapter 4 (89% in)
  • Wynand's voice, refusing earnestness, refusing guilt, had sounded exactly like the voice that had said: "Forget the Stoddard Temple.
    4.4 — Part 4 Chapter 4 (60% in)
  • It was an earnest occupation, giving her full contentment.
    4.17 — Part 4 Chapter 17 (21% in)

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