Earnest - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈɜːrnɪst|  American pronunciation of the word earnest
Brit.  |ˈəːnɪst|  British pronunciation of the word 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(syn: sincere, solemn)
- sincerely earnest (syn: dear, devout, heartfelt)
- not distracted by anything unrelated to the goal (syn: businesslike)


He was in earnest conversation with a young girl.

an earnest desire to offer something useful to society

both sides were deeply in earnest, even passionate

Books are an addiction, that, when aroused in earnest, is rarely calmed.

The divorce proceedings began in earnest, and they were earnestly vile.

On Easter Monday the rain began in earnest.

I'll accept only an earnest apology from you.

...despite the earnest expostulations of her friends, Jessica continued to date the foul-tempered guy...

Looking at me with such apparently earnest, wide-open eyes.

He was in deadly earnest (=completely serious).

On Monday your training begins in earnest!

She wasn't sure whether he was in earnest or not.

Although he smiled, Ashley knew he was in deadly earnest.

she started studying snakes in earnest

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