The quality or state of being serious: we are aware of the seriousness of the situation she replied with deadly seriousness
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- Calls are supposed to be dealt with by nurses who assess the seriousness of cases before advising callers what to do.
- At first the idea seems cold and distant, perhaps robbing death of its seriousness.
- This action marks the change to a new seriousness on both sides of the struggle.
solemnity, solemnness, earnestness, graveness, gravity, gravitas, soberness, sobriety, sombreness, sternness, grimness, dourness, humourlessness;
urgency, crucialness, vitalness
severity, severeness, gravity, graveness, acuteness, grievousness, extremity, danger, dangerousness, perilousness
commitment, firmness, resolution, resolve, determination
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