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earnest
used in A Prayer for Owen Meany

2 uses
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Definition
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
  • As a folksinger, she was Hester Eastman—an earnest nobody, a flop.
    p. 519.9
  • Indeed, it was the year the war began in earnest; at least, it was the year when the average unobservant American began to notice that we had a problem in Vietnam.
    p. 468.1

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