Definitions for earnestness

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ear•nest*ˈɜr nɪst(adj.)

  1. serious in intention, purpose, or effort; sincerely zealous.

  2. showing depth and sincerity of feeling:

    an earnest entreaty.

  3. seriously important; grave.

  4. (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


ear•nestˈɜr nɪst(n.)

  1. a portion of something, given or done in advance as a pledge of the remainder.

  2. money given by a buyer to a seller to bind a contract.

    Category: Law

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)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. earnestness, seriousness, sincerity(noun)

    an earnest and sincere feeling

  2. seriousness, earnestness, serious-mindedness, sincerity(noun)

    the trait of being serious

    "a lack of solemnity is not necessarily a lack of seriousness"- Robert Rice


  1. earnestness(Noun)

    The quality of being earnest; sincerity; seriousness.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Earnestness(noun)

    the state or quality of being earnest; intentness; anxiety

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