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Princeton's WordNet

  1. seriously, earnestly, in earnestadverb

    in a serious manner

    "talking earnestly with his son"; "she started studying snakes in earnest"; "a play dealing seriously with the question of divorce"

  2. badly, severely, gravely, seriouslyadverb

    to a severe or serious degree

    "fingers so badly frozen they had to be amputated"; "badly injured"; "a severely impaired heart"; "is gravely ill"; "was seriously ill"


  1. seriouslyadverb

    In a serious or literal manner.

    He was hoping that we would take him seriously.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Seriouslyadverb

    Gravely; solemnly; in earnest; without levity.

    Etymology: from serious.

    It cannot but be matter of very dreadful consideration to any one, sober and in his wits, to think seriously with himself, what horror and confusion must needs surprize that man, at the last day of account, who had led his whole life by one rule, when God intends to judge him by another. South.

    All laugh to find
    Unthinking plainness so o’erspread thy mind,
    That thou could’st seriously persuade the crowd
    To keep their oaths, and to believe a god. Dryden.

    Justin Martyr, Tertullian, Lactantius, and Arnobius, tell us, that this martyrdom first of all made them seriously inquisitive into that religion, which could endue the mind with so much strength, and overcome the fear of death, nay, raise an earnest desire of it, though it appeared in all its terrors. Addis.


  1. seriously

    Seriously is an adverb that means in a solemn or considered manner. It indicates that something is not a joke or play, rather earnest, important, or grave. It can also refer to acting or speaking sincerely and in earnest, or indicate a high degree or considerable extent.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'seriously' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1874

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'seriously' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1562

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'seriously' in Adverbs Frequency: #156

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of seriously in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of seriously in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of seriously in a Sentence

  1. United States:

    United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi insisted on visiting Taiwan in disregard of China's serious concerns and firm opposition, seriously interfering in China's internal affairs, seriously undermining China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, seriously trampling on the one-China principle, and seriously threatening the peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

  2. Donald Trump:

    I’m looking at it very seriously … I want to make this country great again, i am seriously thinking of running for president.

  3. Brendan Duffy:

    If you dont take sleep seriously , you are not taking your athletic career seriously. Sleep is not a luxury. It is an important part of an advanced athlete's training schedule!

  4. Raphael Warnock:

    There could not be a more stark contrast on the matter of competence and the matter of character, and he fails on both accounts, i am running against someone who is not a serious person. But here is the danger: Because he's not a serious person, there may be a temptation among some not to take the race seriously. Herschel Walker is not to be taken seriously, but this race is to be taken seriously.

  5. Arnold Daly:

    Golf is like a love affair if you don't take it seriously, it's no fun. If you do take it seriously, it breaks your heart.

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