earnest


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Synonyms for earnest

Synonyms for earnest

marked by sober sincerity

full of or marked by dignity and seriousness

having great consequence or weight

something given to guarantee the repayment of a loan or the fulfillment of an obligation

Synonyms for earnest

something of value given by one person to another to bind a contract

characterized by a firm and humorless belief in the validity of your opinions

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not distracted by anything unrelated to the goal

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I lack words to express the full extent, or the earnest abandon of his persuasion.
She knew that he was a man of a noble nature, high-minded and earnest.
She leant back while the more earnest members of the club began to misconstrue her.
The earnest girl brought forward a scheme of "personal supervision and mutual help," the effect of which was to alter poor people until they became exactly like people who were not so poor.
Helen and Margaret walked the earnest girl as far as Battersea Bridge Station, arguing copiously all the way.
I had reckoned on leading her to higher things by means of a little earnest exhortation on the subject of her marriage.
It was an indescribable luxury to find myself indulging in earnest conversation with serious persons.
My dear,' says he, 'I have been considering very much upon it, you may be sure, and though it is a piece of advice that has a great many mortifications in it to me, and may at first seem strange to you, yet, all things considered, I see no better way for you than to let him go on; and if you find him hearty and in earnest, marry him.
I told her I loved her hugely,' says he, 'but I could never make the jade believe I was in earnest.
For you ramble so in your discourse, that nobody knows whether you are in earnest or in jest; but as I find the girl, by your own confession, has answered truly, I wish you would do so too, and tell me seriously, so that I may depend upon it.
Why then, I'll tell you what,' said Solomon, speaking softly and with an earnest look.
If they fire at each other without effect, then they'll draw, and go to work in earnest.
said the earnest girl, folding her hands as the tears coursed down her face, 'do not turn a deaf ear to the entreaties of one of your own sex; the first--the first, I do believe, who ever appealed to you in the voice of pity and compassion.
Eugene,' said he, 'if I could find you in earnest for a minute, I would try to say an earnest word to you.
Well, I will,' returned the other, 'though you are not earnest yet.