earnestness


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ear·nest 1

 (ûr′nĭst)
adj.
Showing or expressing sincerity or seriousness: an earnest gesture of goodwill. See Synonyms at serious.
Idiom:
in earnest
1. With a purposeful or sincere intent: settled down to study in earnest for the examination.
2. Serious; determined: "Both sides are deeply in earnest, with passions that approximate those of civil war" (Conor Cruise O'Brien).

[Middle English ernest, from Old English eornoste; see er- in Indo-European roots.]

ear′nest·ly adv.
ear′nest·ness n.

ear·nest 2

 (ûr′nĭst)
n.
1. Earnest money.
2. A token of something to come; a promise or assurance.

[Middle English ernest, variant of ernes, alteration of Old French erres, pl. of erre, pledge, from Latin arra, alteration of arrabō, from Greek arrabōn, earnest-money, of Canaanite origin; see ʕrb in Semitic roots.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.earnestness - an earnest and sincere feelingearnestness - an earnest and sincere feeling  
solemnity, gravity - a solemn and dignified feeling
2.earnestness - the trait of being serious; "a lack of solemnity is not necessarily a lack of seriousness"- Robert Rice
trait - a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
commitment, committedness - the trait of sincere and steadfast fixity of purpose; "a man of energy and commitment"
graveness, gravity, soberness, sobriety, somberness, sombreness - a manner that is serious and solemn
sedateness, solemness, solemnity, staidness - a trait of dignified seriousness

earnestness

noun
2. determination, resolve, urgency, zeal, ardour, vehemence the earnestness of their struggle for freedom

earnestness

noun
Sober sincerity:
Translations
جَـدِّيَّـه
alvoroprigtighed
einlægni; alvara

earnestness

[ˈɜːnɪstnɪs] N (= seriousness) → seriedad f, formalidad f; (= sincerity) → sinceridad f

earnestness

[ˈɜːrnɪstnɪs] n (= seriousness) → sérieux m

earnestness

nErnsthaftigkeit f; (of voice)Ernst m; (of desire, prayer)Innigkeit f

earnestness

[ˈɜːnɪstnɪs] nserietà

earnest

(ˈəːnist) adjective
1. serious or over-serious. an earnest student; She wore an earnest expression.
2. showing determination, sincerity or strong feeling. He made an earnest attempt to improve his work.
ˈearnestness noun
earnestly adverb
in earnest
1. serious; not joking. I am in earnest when I say this.
2. seriously; with energy and determination. He set to work in earnest.
References in classic literature ?
In the cold gray dawn the sisters lit their lamp and read their chapter with an earnestness never felt before.
Now, with a ring of earnestness in his voice, he was advising concerning some course of conduct.
He placed this book in my grandmother's hands, looked at her entreatingly, and said, with an earnestness which I shall never forget, `Te-e-ach, te-e-ach my Antonia
He fell in love, as men are in the habit of doing, and pressed his suit with an earnestness and an ardor which left nothing to be desired.
The scout and his companions immediately made their preparations to pass the night there; but with an earnestness and sobriety of demeanor that betrayed how much the unusual horrors they had just witnessed worked on even their practised feelings.
Hepzibah fancied that there was something peculiar in her venerable friend's look and tone; insomuch, that she gazed into his face with considerable earnestness, endeavoring to discover what secret meaning, if any, might be lurking there.
These outbreaks of a fierce temper had a kind of value, and even comfort for the mother; because there was at least an intelligible earnestness in the mood, instead of the fitful caprice that so often thwarted her in the child's manifestations.
said I, again riveted with the insane earnestness of his manner.
The unflinching earnestness with which he declared these things; --the dark, daring play of his sleepless, excited imagination, and all the preternatural terrors of real delirium, united to invest this Gabriel in the minds of the majority of the ignorant crew, with an atmosphere of sacredness.
There were no servants present, and the gentlemen, with chairs closely approaching, seemed to be discussing some subject with great earnestness.
Perhaps if the roast of mutton or of beef--a big, generous one--were brought on the table and carved in full view of the client, that might give the right sense of earnestness and reality to the thing; but they don't do that, they pass the sliced meat around on a dish, and so you are perfectly calm, it does not stir you in the least.
Her voice, her eyes, her body breathed conviction, earnestness, emotion; and when she left the platform the audience felt that they had listened to a masterpiece.