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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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Serious; not light or joking; sincere.

Usage examples (35)
  • Link your lofty thoughts to earnest, active effort, and good results will inevitably follow.
  • Both sides were deeply in earnest, even passionate
  • And if you are in earnest, is there nothing you have to do besides praying?
  • I think that "earnest" is a great way to describe the narrative. for more
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