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ear·nest1

earnest1

 
 
pronunciation:
uhr nihst
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: having or showing a serious manner.
The President is always earnest when giving a speech.
synonyms:
deliberate, intent, serious, sober, solemn
antonyms:
frivolous
similar words:
determined, diligent, grave, purposeful
definition 2: honestly concerned or sincere.
We knew he was earnest when he said he would help us.
synonyms:
honest
antonyms:
halfhearted, insincere
similar words:
solemn, thoughtful
derivations: earnestly (adv.), earnestness (n.)