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earnest
used in Oryx and Crake

4 uses
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Definition
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
  • They remind Snowman of his father heading out the door in the morning, briefcase in hand, an earnest aiming-for-the-target frown between his eyes.
    p. 154.3
  • Otherwise they wouldn't have done so much earnest, blameless gazing at each other in Andre's Bistro at OrganInc.
    p. 66.6
  • Some earnest aid worker in a khaki jungle outfit, with netting under the arms and a hundred pockets.
    p. 97.7
  • There was a staged media event, boring because there was no violence — only balding guys with retro tattoos or white patches where they'd been taken off, and severe-looking baggyboobed women, and quite a few overweight or spindly members of marginal, earnest religious groups, in T-shirts with smileyfaced angels flying with birds or Jesus holding hands with a peasant or God Is Green on the front.
    p. 180.2

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