Definitions for earnestˈɜr nɪst
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
serious in intention, purpose, or effort; sincerely zealous.
showing depth and sincerity of feeling:
an earnest entreaty.
seriously important; grave.
(n.)full seriousness, as of intention or purpose:
to be in earnest.
* Syn: earnest , resolute , serious , sincere imply having qualities of steady purposefulness. earnest implies having a purpose and being steadily and soberly eager in pursuing it: an earnest student.resolute adds a quality of determination: resolute in defending the rights of others.serious implies having depth and a soberness of attitude that contrasts with gaiety and frivolity; it may include the qualities of both earnestness and resolution: serious and thoughtful.sincere suggests genuineness, trustworthiness, and absence of superficiality: a sincere interest in a person's welfare.
Origin of earnest:
bef. 1000; ME ernest, OE eornost zeal, seriousness, c. MLG ernest, OHG ernust
a portion of something, given or done in advance as a pledge of the remainder.
money given by a buyer to a seller to bind a contract.
Origin of earnest:
1175–1225; ME ernes(t), alter. of OF erres, pl. of erre earnest money < L arr(h)a short for arr(h)abō < Gk arrhabṓn < Semitic (cf. Heb ‘ērābhōn security, pledge)
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
Translations for earnest
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
serious or over-serious
an earnest student; She wore an earnest expression.
- جادُّ، جدّيArabic
- sérioPortuguese (BR)
- seriøs; alvorligDanish
- جدی و ساعی؛ کوشاFarsi
- दृढ संकल्पHindi
- alvarlegur, einlægurIcelandic
- rimtas, stropusLithuanian
- alvorlig, alvorlig bekymret; maurflittigNorwegian
- poważny, przejętyPolish
- جدی و ساعی؛ کوشاPersian
- جدی کللکوالیPashto
- allvarlig, uppriktigSwedish
- จริงใจ; เอาใจใส่; ตั้งใจจริงThai
- ciddî, ağırbaşlıTurkish
- 認真的Chinese (Trad.)
- nghiêm túcVietnamese
- 认真的Chinese (Simp.)
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