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used in 1776

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characterized by sincere belief


intensely or excessively serious
  • This will show we are in earnest, that we are prepared to punish, but are nevertheless ready to forgive.
    p. 18.7
  • We had as good to begin in earnest first as last.
    p. 55.5
  • "I most earnestly beg you to spare no trouble or necessary expense in getting these," he had told a local officer.
    p. 83.5
  • But an earnest young Presbyterian chaplain with the New Jersey troops, a graduate of the College of New Jersey at Princeton, Philip Vickers Fithian, found the level of piety alarmingly below his expectations and worried what the consequences might be to the American cause of so many of all ranks so habitually taking the name of the Lord in vain.
    p. 123.8
  • He wished "most earnestly" to have Lee "where the principle scene of action is laid," Reed wrote, seconding what Washington had said.
    p. 248.7

There are no more uses of "earnest" in 1776.

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