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 ?
For the fourth or fifth time the woman had talked to him with great earnestness and he could not make out what she meant by her talk.
Equipped with this small sum and the earnestness that the undertaking implied, he came to Williams College when Dr.
The fancy was in itself pretty and poetical; the earnestness which had given expression to it would have had its influence over a man of a far harder nature than mine.
He spoke with a pleading earnestness, taking Alan by the breast of the coat.
Richard Swiveller, who had been looking over the rim of the tumbler while his companion addressed the foregoing remarks to him with great energy and earnestness of manner, no sooner heard these words than he evinced the utmost consternation, and with difficulty ejaculated the monosyllable:
He sought with a terrible earnestness a solution of the mystery, but sought in vain.
It remains for me, then," he said, "to remember you in my prayers, and to entreat God for you, in all earnestness, that you may not indeed become a castaway.
On the present occasion she addressed herself chiefly to Miss Crawford and Fanny, but there was no comparison in the willingness of their attention; for Miss Crawford, who had seen scores of great houses, and cared for none of them, had only the appearance of civilly listening, while Fanny, to whom everything was almost as interesting as it was new, attended with unaffected earnestness to all that Mrs.
Marianne was vexed at it for her sister's sake, and turned her eyes towards Elinor to see how she bore these attacks, with an earnestness which gave Elinor far more pain than could arise from such common-place raillery as Mrs.
After I had concluded my defence, the President, perhaps perceiving that some of the junior Circles had been moved by my evident earnestness, asked me two questions: --
Of this Partridge was no sooner acquainted, than he, with great earnestness, began to prophesy, and assured Jones that he would certainly have good success in the end: for, he said, "two such accidents could never have happened to direct him after his mistress, if Providence had not designed to bring them together at last.
I must own I felt a little proud when my captain offered me the second dignity in the vessel and entreated me to remain with the greatest earnestness, so valuable did he consider my services.