V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. highly serious and sincere in manner or attitude; 2. done in a deeply sincere way; 3. of a serious nature or worthy of serious attention; 4. not distracted

Synonyms: fervent, ardent, enthusiastic, deep, grave, serious, sincere, diligent

Antonyms: frivolous, flippant, capricious

Tips: Earnest can also be used as a noun to convey seriousness. When something is done "in earnest," it is done seriously and with focus. When somebody is earnest in his or her words or actions, it means he or she is serious and sincere.

Usage Examples:

A good journalistís earnest mission is to inform the public in the most objective way possible. (sincere)

If we stop wasting time and this project ever gets underway in earnest, it could be a huge success. (seriousness) noun

The stalled court case is now supposed to start in earnest as early as next week. (seriousness) noun

Gridlock is created when two sides are earnest about their beliefs and will not compromise. (fervent, ardent)

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