Resulting from or showing sincere and intense conviction: an earnest student two girls were in earnest conversation
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- The truth was more that the agenda didn't fit with her sincere and earnest style, so why should she change in order to fit it?
- Instead, earnest students of public policy are expected to read them onscreen as retrieved via the internet.
- It is only through such earnest conversation that we can hope to approach clarity.
serious, serious-minded, solemn, grave, sober, humourless, staid, steady, intense;
committed, dedicated, assiduous, keen, diligent, zealous, industrious, hard-working;
studious, thoughtful, cerebral, deep, profound, bookish, donnish
devout, heartfelt, wholehearted, sincere, impassioned, deeply felt, from the heart, fervent, ardent, passionate, intense, burning, urgent
rare full-hearted, passional, perfervid, fervid
- in earnest
- To a greater extent or more intensely than before: work began again in earnestMore example sentences
- Images of sun-kissed beaches wash over us as the travel agents' television advertising campaigns begin in earnest.
- This worldwide expansion, which began in earnest in the early 1970s, has not been without difficulties.
- The inquiry begins in earnest as the first witnesses give evidence.
- 1.1(Of a person) sincere and serious in intention: Cameron looked at him to make sure he was in earnestMore example sentences
serious, not joking, sincere, wholehearted, genuine;committed, firm, resolute, resolved, determined, insistentzealously, purposefully, determinedly, resolutely, with enthusiasm, with dedication, with commitment;ardently, fervently, fervidly, passionately, wholeheartedly
- We move on to Knightley and at first you think he can't be serious, but Sutherland is always in earnest, even when joking.
Old English eornoste (adjective), eornost (noun), of Germanic origin; related to German Ernst (noun).
Words that rhyme with earnestErnest
A thing intended or regarded as a sign or promise of what is to come: the very deliberateness of their disguise is an earnest of their real aloofness
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- It is but a trifle that Sauron fancies, and an earnest of your good will.
- It was a touching tribute never since accorded to any other author, and an earnest of the esteem in which he was held.
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