Definitions for earnestˈɜr nɪst
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something of value given by one person to another to bind a contract
earnest, sincere, solemn(adj)
characterized by a firm and humorless belief in the validity of your opinions
"both sides were deeply in earnest, even passionate"; "an entirely sincere and cruel tyrant"; "a film with a solemn social message"
dear, devout, earnest, heartfelt(adj)
"one's dearest wish"; "devout wishes for their success"; "heartfelt condolences"
not distracted by anything unrelated to the goal
, an occasional spelling variant of Ernest.
Origin: Of uncertain origin; apparently related to erres. Compare also arles.
seriousness; reality; fixed determination; eagerness; intentness
ardent in the pursuit of an object; eager to obtain or do; zealous with sincerity; with hearty endeavor; heartfelt; fervent; hearty; -- used in a good sense; as, earnest prayers
intent; fixed closely; as, earnest attention
to use in earnest
something given, or a part paid beforehand, as a pledge; pledge; handsel; a token of what is to come
something of value given by the buyer to the seller, by way of token or pledge, to bind the bargain and prove the sale
Origin: [AS. eornost, eornest; akin to OHG. ernust, G. ernst; cf. Icel. orrosta battle, perh. akin to Gr. 'orny`nai to excite, L. oriri to rise.]
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
All you earnest young men out to save the world please, have a laugh.
Men in earnest have no time to waste In patching fig-leaves for the naked truth.
Though boys throw stones at frogs in sport, the frogs do not die in sport, but in earnest.
To impress others we must be earnest; to amuse them, it is only necessary to be kindly and fanciful.
We cannot be too earnest, too persistent, too determined, about living superior to the herd-instinct.
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- جاد, جديArabic
- капаро, сериозен, задълбочен, добросъвестен, депозитBulgarian
- seriósCatalan, Valencian
- aufrichtig, sehnsüchtig, leidenschaftlich, ernsthaft, ernst, intensivGerman
- intención, serioSpanish
- ardent, sérieuxFrench
- súlyos, komoly, buzgóHungarian
- pressante, zelante, pegno, serio, fervente, desideroso, voglioso, graveItalian
- 本気, 真剣, 真面目Japanese
- sincero, sérioPortuguese
- ревностный, усиленный, серьёзныйRussian
- ȍzbīljan, znȁčājan, vážanSerbo-Croatian
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